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Atmosphere and Energy Program

2019-20 Program Requirements

UG Director: Mark Jacobson, Jacobson@stanford.edu, 397 Y2E2
Student Services: Jill Filice, jill.filice@stanford.edu, 316 Y2E2

Atmosphere and energy are strongly linked: fossil-fuel energy use contributes to air pollution, global warming, and weather modification; and changes in the atmosphere feed back to renewable energy resources, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, and wave resources.

Because atmospheric problems can be mitigated by increasing energy efficiency, developing new energy technologies, and shifting to less-polluting energy sources, and because it is important to study the climate, air pollution, and weather impacts of new energy technologies, the two areas, atmosphere and energy, are naturally coupled together.

The Atmosphere/Energy (A/E) undergraduate curriculum prepares undergraduates for an A/E master’s degree program, as well as careers in industry, research, consulting, government, non-governmental organizations, and academia. The A/E degree is NOT an ABET-accredited degree, as ABET accreditation is advantageous only for obtaining specific jobs that do not overlap with those that students obtaining the A/E degree would generally consider. The degree is accredited as part of Stanford’s accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

A/E students take classes in both Atmosphere and Energy, as well as classes that integrate the two. The curriculum is flexible in that students more interested in one field can take most of their Engineering Depth classes in the area of their choice. Similarly, students desiring to focus more on technology or on science can take the appropriate Depth classes to suit their interest.

Qualified students may also apply to engage in the A/E Honors program (see Honors page).

Exploring the Atmosphere/Energy Major

Try one of these recommended Introductory Seminars:

APPPHYS 79Q         Energy Options for the 21st Century, A, 3 units

EARTHSYS 41N       The Global Warming Paradox, A, Sum; 3 units

ECON 17N               Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, W, 3 units

MS&E 92Q              International Environmental Policy, W, 3 units

Or one of these A/E courses that can also be used in some other School of Engineering majors:

CEE 63            Weather and Storms, A, 3 units

CEE 64            Air Pollution & Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions (req’d), W, 3 units

CEE 70            Environmental Science and Technology (same as ENGR 90), A, 3 units

  ENGR 25E       Energy: Chem. Transformations for Products, Storage, & Use, W, 3 units

  ENGR 50E       Introduction to Materials Science, Energy Emphasis, A, 4 units

 In addition, the Math, Science, Technology in Society, and Engineering Fundamentals courses required by the A/E major will also count toward most of the other School of Engineering majors (see course lists below; other major programs and their specific requirements are listed elsewhere in this chapter).

 

For 2019-20 Excel or pdf program sheets and plans, see the Plans & Program Sheets page on this site.

A/E REQUIREMENTS

Explore Degrees lists all School of Engineering major program requirements, as well as other major and minor programs across the University.

A total of 97-101 units are required, distributed as follows:

45 Units of Mathematics and Science Combined

Mathematics (23 units minimum, including at least one class from each group):

Group A:

Course Description Units Quarter
MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 5 A,W,S
CME 102 Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers 5 A,W,S,Sum

 

Group B:

Course Description Units Quarter
CME 106 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers  4 W,Sum
STATS 60 Introduction to Statistical Methods: Pre-calculus 5 A,W,S,Sum
STATS 101 Data Science 101 5 A,S
STATS 110 Statistical Methods in Eng. and the Physical Sciences 4-5 A, Sum

 

Science (20 units minimum, including all of the following): 

Course Description Units Quarter
PHYSICS 41 or 41E Mechanics (or  41E, 5 units, by application or placement) 4 W
PHYSICS 43 Electricity/Magnetism (S) –OR– PHYS 45 Light/Heat 4 A
CHEM 31B  Chemical Principles II (or CHEM 31M [formerly 31X])  4-5  
CEE 70 Environmental Science and Technology (can count as science or Fundamental but not bot) 3 W,Su

 

Technology in Society
One course required, see the Approved Courses TiS chart. Must be on the Approved List the year it is taken.

 

Writing in the Major (WIM): One 3-5 unit course required. Choose either:

Choose a TiS course that also fulfills WIM:

 BIOE 131

Ethics in Bioengineering

S

3

 COMM 120W

Digital Media in Society

W

4-5

OR one of:

 CEE 100

Managing Sustainable Building Projects

A

4

CEE 102W/ENGR 102W Technical and Professional Communication S 3

 EARTHSYS 200

Environmental Communication in Action: The SAGE Project

W

3

 

Engineering Fundamentals and Depth Units: Of the 49-53 units required below, 40 units minimum must be School of Engineering coursework

Engineering Fundamentals (two courses minimum, including the following):

Course Description Units Quarter

ENGR 25E OR

ENGR 50 E

Energy: Chem. Transformations or Products, Storage, & Use OR

Introduction to Material Science: Energy Emphasis (can count as ENGR Fundamental

or as A/E Depth energy elective but not both

3

4

W

A

And at least one of:

ENGR 10 OR

CS 106A

Intro to Engineering Analysis or

Programming Methodology

4

5

W

A,W,S,SUM

A third Fundamentals Elective is optional but recommended; choose from above or from list on Approved Courses page.

 

Engineering Depth (42 units minimum)

Choose enough School of Engineering coursework so that, combined with ENGR Fundamentals units, you will have 40 units minimum of engineering. Include one of the following to fulfill the senior capstone experience:

CEE 176A, CEE 176B, CEE 161C, CEE 161I, or CEE 199 (with an advisor-approved research topic)


Required:

Course Description Units Quarter
CEE 64 Air Pollution & Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions 3 W
CEE 107A or  CEE 107S

Understanding Energy OR

Understanding Energy: Essentials

4-5

3

A,S

Sum

 

At least 34-36 units from the following, with at least 4 courses from each group:

Group A: Atmosphere

Course

Title

Qtr

Units

AA 100

Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics

A

3

CEE 63

Weather and Storms

A

3

CEE 101B or

 ME 70

Mechanics of Fluids   or

Introductory Fluids Engineering

A

A,W,S,Sum

4

3

CEE 161I

Atmosphere, Ocean, & Climate Dynamics: Atmospheric Circulation

W

3

CEE 162I

Atmosphere, Ocean, & Climate Dynamics: Ocean Circulation

S

3

CEE 172

Air Quality Management

S

3

CEE 178

Introduction to Human Exposure Analysis

A

3

EARTH 2*

Climate and Society

W

3

EARTHSYS 111*

Biology and Global Change

W

4

EARTHSYS 142* or

EARTHSYS 144*

Remote Sensing of Land or

Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS)

W

A

4

3-4

ME 133

Intermediate Fluid Mechanics

W

4

PHYSICS 199*

The Physics of Energy and Climate Change

S

3

* Courses outside the School of Engineering do not count toward the 40-unit engineering minimum in Fundamentals and Depth categories but can count toward the 42-unit Depth total.

Group B: Energy

CEE 107R Extreme Energy Efficiency W 3

CEE 156

Building Systems

W

4

CEE 176A

Energy Efficient Buildings

W

3-4

CEE 176B

100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

S

3-4

CEE 177S

Engineering and Sustainable Development

S

1-5

EARTHSYS 101*

Energy and the Environment

W

3

EARTHSYS 102*

Fundamentals of Renewable Power

S

3

EE 155

Green Electronics

A

4

ENERGY 104*

Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion

S

3

ENGR 50E

Introduction to Materials Science, Energy Emphasis

A

4

MATSC 144 Thermodynamic Evaluation of Green Energy Technologies                   S             4

MATSCI 156

Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, & Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution

W

4

OSPSANTG 29*

Sustainable Cities: Comparative Transportation Systems in Latin America

S

4-5

OSPSANTG 71*

Santiago: Urban Planning, Public Policy, and the Built Environment

A

5

POLISCI 738

Energy Policy in California and the West

S

1

* Courses outside the School of Engineering do not count toward the 40-unit engineering minimum in Fundamentals and Depth categories but can count toward the 42-unit Depth total.

A/E 4-Year Plans and Program Sheets can be found under the Courses and Planning tab; any plan from a year you are enrolled at Stanford as an undergraduate is allowed.

Suggested Course Concentrations and Sequences

Subject to the requirements outlined above, students have flexibility in selecting their depth electives and other courses to best suit their interests. If you would like to see two suggested programs outlined, one with an emphasis on energy studies and the other on atmospheric studies, go to the 4-Year Plans page and open the A/E plans. Either approach provides the necessary preparation for the master’s degree program in Atmosphere/Energy.

Instructions For Declaring Major in Engineering: Atmosphere/Energy (ENGR-BS)

  1. Enter your major declaration for Atmosphere/Energy in Axess. Select ENGR-BS as your major and Atmosphere/Energy as your subplan.
  2. Print out your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess.
  3. You may either download and complete the Excel major Program Sheet or use our online degree progress worksheet (this ePS must be printed out whenever a signature is needed). 
    1. To log in to ePS, click on the RED "Stanford WebAuth Sign in" button -- don't type in your username/password. Then click on "Program Sheets Dashboard."
    2. To open a new program sheet, start by chossing the academic year for the major you wish to use (Example: 16-17 or 18-19; must be from a year you are matriculated at SU)
    3. When you've finished filling out the worksheet, click Save at the bottom of the page; you will be able to easily access and update the ePS whenever you wish. Print a copy.
  4. Be sure and list all courses already taken and those you plan to take -- you will have the opportunity to revise this later, so please fill in as many courses as you can.
  5. Bring your transcript and completed program sheet to the CEE Student Services office to Room 316 of the Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy (Y2E2) Building and request to have a CEE advisor assigned to you. You may request a specific advisor if you wish. Office hours are10-12 and 2- 4, Mon -Fri.
  6. Meet with the advisor and have him/her review and sign your program sheet.
  7. Return your signed program sheet to the CEE Student Services Specialist, who will then approve your major declaration in Axess.
  8. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor at least once a quarter to review your academic progress. Changes to your program sheet can be made by printing out a revised sheet, obtaining your A/E undergraduate adviser’s signature, and returning the approved sheet to the CEE Student Services Office. NOTE – It is very important to hand in to student services your up-to-date program sheet immediately after the add/drop deadline of the quarter you plan to graduate.


Other information:

  • Procedures for requesting transfer credits and program deviations are described in detail in at the beginning of Chapter 5: "Policies and Procedures." The relevant forms may be downloaded from the Petitions page. If you are requesting transfer credits or program deviations, you should bring your completed petition form with your transcript to the CEE Student Services office. Attach your program sheet on file in CEE.
  • Check with the CEE Student Services Office to make sure that you are on the CEE undergraduate student email list for important announcements about department events and activities.

You must use a program sheet from a year you have been enrolled at Stanford.