Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: We currently are not accepting applications to the online Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from students who reside in Kansas. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.

  • Washington DC Center

    425.644.51 - Principles & Applications of Energy Technology II

    $3858

    Thomas Jenkin

    Monday 6:00 - 8:45; 6/4 - 8/20

    This course builds on a number of ideas covered in the core EPT course, and as the first course uses and integrates a bro range of ideas from science, engineering, and economics. The course has two distinct but overlapping themes that will be often be covered in parallel. First, the course will broaden and deepen the coverage of the how some of the energy technologies discussed in the core course work, with a slight more formal discussion and use of ideas from mechanics and thermodynamics, including the role of entropy; a few newer potential technologies, such as fusion and ocean, will also be covered. Second, the course will extend the coverage of the economics and operation of energy markets to provide a deep understanding of how to value energy generation assets facing an uncertain future on both a stand-alone and integrate basis, and how these considerations play out in real electric markets, including the role of energy, capacity, and ancillary services. The course will include coverage of the potential role of energy storage and/or demand side management in integrating large-scale renewable energy into the grid from both an operational and economic perspective. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

  • Online Courses

    425.602.81 - Science of Climate Change and its Impact

    $3858

    Daniel Barrie

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    The course begins examining the basic processes of the climate system. The course, then, moves to the study of the changing climate. While natural changes will be studied, the emphasis will be on anthropogenic climate change. Various models for predicting future climate change will be presented, including the assumptions and uncertainties embedded in each model. The regional climate impacts and impacts on subsystems will be examined, including changes in rainfall patterns, loss of ice and changes in sea level. The possible ecological effects of these predicted changes will also be examined. Offered online and on twice per year.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.605.81 - Introduction to Energy Law & Policy

    $3858

    Peter Saundry

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    This course will provide an overview of the major laws and policies that shape and regulate the complex energy system the United States and, to a lesser degree, the world. The goal is to provide students with a framework for understanding the energy laws and policies of today and those likely to be important in coming years. The course will review laws and policies for all major types of energy, including fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables, as well as issues related to extraction, conversion, distribution, use, and conservation. Laws and policies ranging from local level to state, federal, and international levels will be included. Laws and policies will be presented again in the context of profound and rate changes occurring in the energy system, climate change and other environmental issues, economics, national security, and population growth. The course will be largely empirical, but attention will be given to major theories. Most aspects of the course will be illustrated by reference to contemporary issues, such as the recently unveiled Clean Power Plan, court decisions, climate change negotiations, and changes in state policies and federal tax policies for renewables. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.605.82 - Introduction to Energy Law & Policy

    $3858

    Peter Saundry

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    This course will provide an overview of the major laws and policies that shape and regulate the complex energy system the United States and, to a lesser degree, the world. The goal is to provide students with a framework for understanding the energy laws and policies of today and those likely to be important in coming years. The course will review laws and policies for all major types of energy, including fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewables, as well as issues related to extraction, conversion, distribution, use, and conservation. Laws and policies ranging from local level to state, federal, and international levels will be included. Laws and policies will be presented again in the context of profound and rate changes occurring in the energy system, climate change and other environmental issues, economics, national security, and population growth. The course will be largely empirical, but attention will be given to major theories. Most aspects of the course will be illustrated by reference to contemporary issues, such as the recently unveiled Clean Power Plan, court decisions, climate change negotiations, and changes in state policies and federal tax policies for renewables. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

    425.638.81 - Adaptation to Climate Change

    $3858

    Thomas Peterson

    Online 5/30 - 8/22

    Global climate change risks are increasingly complex and may ultimately affect virtually every facet of our economic, energy, community, and environmental systems. At the same time, policy and investment responses to climate resiliency needs are similarly complex, controversial, and high stakes. Perhaps no issue facing leaders of today and tomorrow is more cross- cutting in nature or in greater need of improved understanding and capability than climate change risk. This course will provide a comprehensive framework for understanding, assessing, and applying climate change risk, vulnerability, a hazard assessment for the development of risk reduction an adaptation response. In the process, it will examine the status, limitations, and strengths of current assessment and action planning approaches across varying sectors, scales, and impact areas. The course will also include a review of methods prioritizing actions and addressing feasibility, flexibility, and logistical needs as applied to specific facilities, such as military installations, as well broader communities and multistate regions. Individual and group learning exercises will be involved. Offered on-site at least once every two years.

    Technology Fee: $175.00

  • Off-Site or International

    425.619.91 - Renewable Energy and Climate Change Projects in California

    Daniel Zachary
    Jennifer da Rosa

    Monday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/4 - 7/11
    Tuesday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/5 - 7/11
    Wednesday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/30 - 7/11
    Thursday 9:00 - 5:00; 5/31 - 7/11
    Friday 9:00 - 5:00; 6/1 - 7/11

    California has abundant natural resources and has long been the center of attention for renewable energy within the USA. The US Department of Energy indicates that California has just over 24% of its energy coming from renewable energy production, one of the highest for a large population state. Traditionally, California has also lead the nation in terms of proactive climate change and sustainability issues.

    This field trip will explore very innovative and leading sustainability projects in San Francisco. We will also visit the solar labs in nearby University of California, Berkeley, followed by a visit to nearby energy projects (e.g. Tesla, Google). Part of the trip will include discussing renewable energy projects with city and state officials.

    This course will be taught during the AAP Summer 2018 off-site, Summer I -- in California, June 17 – 22, 2018. Student fee is $1200 and will cover some group meals, some city transportation and all lodging. This field trip will explore very innovative and leading sustainability projects in San Francisco. We will also visit the solar labs in nearby University of California, Berkeley, followed by a visit to nearby energy projects (e.g. Tesla, Google). Part of the trip will include discussing renewable energy projects with city and state officials. After April 1, this course has a non-refundable $500 fee. Please contact the Registration office if you need to drop this course. This course needs 15 students to run.