Energy Courses

Students take a minimum of three courses that relate to energy science during their time at Penn. These energy courses can be taken at any point over a typical VIPER student's four-year course plan. The list of approved energy courses is given below.

Other important aspects to consider:

  • Students may request for additional courses to be considered for approval and must demonstrate their relevance to energy science. 
  • Students may request to count one graduate-level course from a STEM major as an energy course provided that the course helps further their career goals as future energy leaders.

Additionally, the energy course requirement is waived for VIPER students who have been accepted into and are in the process of completing an Accelerated Masters program at Penn.

 

Approved Energy Courses

If courses are cross-listed, the course it is also offered as is listed in parentheses. To find out more about each course, click the headers below which link to the 2020-21 course catalogs:

 

Biology

  • BIOL 019* – Biological Science and Public Policy
  • BIOL 140 (BIOL 440) – Humans and the Environment

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE)

  • CBE 375 (ESE 360) – Engineering and the Environment
  • CBE 505 – Carbon Capture
  • CBE 543 (ESE 560) – Sustainable Development and Water Resource Systems
  • CBE 545 – Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage
  • CBE 546 – Fundamentals of Industrial Catalytic Processes
  • CBE 525 – Molecular Modeling and Simulations

Chemistry (CHEM)

  • CHEM 012* - Environmental Chemistry

Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) 

  • EAS 301 (EAS 505) – Climate Policy and Technology
  • EAS 401 (EAS 501) – Energy and its Impacts: Technology, Ecology, Economics, Sustainability
  • EAS 402 (EAS 502) – Renewable Energy and its Impacts
  • EAS 403 (EAS 503) – Energy Systems and Policy

Engineering (ENGR)

  • ENGR 250 (MEAM 250) – Energy Systems, Resources and Technology

Environmental Studies (ENVS) 

  • ENVS 204 – Global Climate Change
  • ENVS 312 – Ocean Atmosphere Dynamics
  • ENVS 494 – Toward Sustainability on Penn's Campus
  • ENVS 632 – Energy and the Environment in the U.S.

Electrical & Systems Engineering (ESE)

  • ESE 218 – Electronic, Photonic, and Electromechanical Devices
  • ESE 321 – Physics and Models of Semiconductor Devices
  • ESE 518 – Battery and Super-Capacitor Systems
  • ESE 521 – The Physics of Solid State Energy Devices
  • ESE 526 – Photovoltaic Systems Engineering

Geology (GEOL)

  • GEOL 421 – Elemental Cycling in Global Systems
  • GEOL 508 – The Geology and Geography of Energy Resources

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

  • MEAM 250 (ENGR 250) – Energy Systems, Resources and Technology
  • MEAM 402 (MEAM 502) – Energy Engineering
  • MEAM 503 – Direct Energy Conversion: from Macro to Nano
  • MEAM 504 – Tribiology
  • MEAM 543 – Performance and Design of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

  • MSE 215 – Introduction to Nanoscale Materials
  • MSE 545 – Energy Storage and Technology
  • MSE 561 – Atomistic Modeling in Materials Science

Physics (PHYS)

  • PHYS 016* – Energy, Oil and Global Warming

 

* Introductory courses. Students should consider these courses carefully in the context of their four-year plans as they may not count towards major or other degree requirements outside of the energy course requirement.