Degree Details and Courses
This 30-credit Master of Science degree is composed of 3 Required Core Courses, 2 Customizable Core Courses, and 5 Elective Courses. Within the Required Core Courses is the culminating experience of a Capstone, where you will apply multidisciplinary knowledge to a real-world energy or climate question.
Core Courses - Required
Complete these 3 courses.
• Enroll in "Research Design for Capstone Projects in Energy and Environmental Sciences" during your final fall or spring semester.
Core Courses - Customizable
Choose 2 of these courses:
Select 5 Electives.
For your convenience, some electives are presented as a collection of related courses within a Focus Area. These curated collections will help you to identify the targeted knowledge and experiences available to distinguish yourself in your field.
Once admitted, your academic adviser can help you to optimize your elective course selections, or provide approval to pursue alternative electives from a variety of AAP master’s degree programs, based on your educational objectives.
This program has curated five Focus Areas:
• Climate Change
• Social Perspectives in Climate and Energy
INTENSIVE STUDY FIELD COURSES
Field courses are a unique type of elective course that meet somewhere in the world for 1-2 weeks. Field courses cover elements of climate change impacts, renewable energy project development, and policy solutions.
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.
Focus Area Electives: Climate Change
South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives) is home to more than 1.7 billion people (nearly 25% of the global population). It is also a region of rapidly growing economies, rising energy consumption, and increasing environmental stress. Fossil fuels, particularly coal is the major source of electricity in the region, contributing to rising greenhouse gas emissions and worsening air quality. India in particular is promoting the use of indigenous coal to power its economic growth. At the household level, inefficient use of biomass for cooking and heating continues to be a major health and environmental hazard. Moreover, fresh water stress and pollution has reached alarming levels in the region with far reaching impacts on agriculture and human health.
South Asia is uniquely vulnerable to climate change impacts. On the one hand, receding Himalayan glaciers in Nepal, India, Pakistan and Bhutan are exacerbating water stress and threatening food security for more than a 1 billion people. And on the other hand, Bangladesh and Maldives are prone to sea level rise and coastal flooding from powerful tropical storms.
Creating a sustainable energy and freshwater pathway is intrinsically linked to innovative development approaches tailored to local and regional variabilities. In order to curb growing emissions, the region is promoting renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and micro hydro power. However, the unmet demand for energy, particularly electricity remains so large in South Asia that fossil fuels are expected to be a major part of the future energy mix. Water stress is being managed through a mix of traditional and modern techniques.
Given the demographic size of the region and the pent-up energy demand, it can be argued that the success of global climate change initiatives (such as the 2015 Paris agreement) in large part is cont
Focus Area Electives: Energy
Focus Area Electives: Policy
Focus Area Electives: Social Perspectives in Climate and Energy
Focus Area Electives: Modeling
This Focus Area includes two courses offered by the Whiting School of Engineering:
∙ Air Resources Modeling and Management - EN.575.720
∙ Energy Policy Planning and Modeling - EN.575.735