Energy and Environment

The Energy and Environment MS track is designed for students interested in energy and environmental issues from the perspectives of public policy, non-governmental organizations, or corporations. This track includes core courses that provide the basic conceptual background in economics, decisions, strategy, investment, and organizational behavior; courses in energy resources, natural resource economics, and energy/environmental policy analysis; and an individually designed concentration emphasizing policy, strategy, and/or technology. Seminars provide insights into current corporate strategy, public policy, and research community developments. Energy/environmental project courses give practice in applying methodologies and concepts. Students can complete the program in one year or may extend the program up to two years, taking additional courses for greater depth and breadth.

Program elements

  • MS&E Core Courses (at least 5 courses), provide basic conceptual background
  • Energy Concentration Courses (at least 6 courses), provide depth in understanding as well as an opportunity to focus on public policy, firms or technology. Three courses are required, students select from one emphasis area or mix and match among the emphases.
  • Seminars (no more than 3 units), provide insights into ongoing companies, policies, research.
  • Project Courses (one full project course or two integrated project courses), give practice in applying methodologies and concepts.
  • Elective Courses, further deepen understanding
  • Requires 45 units from these program elements. Students may extend program up to two years, taking additional courses beyond the 45 unit requirement.
  1. MS&E Core courses

  • Economic Analysis (MS&E 241)
  • Decision Analysis I (MS&E 252) or Engineering Risk Analysis (MS&E 250A)
  • Investment Science (MS&E 242) or Industrial Accounting (MS&E 240)
  • Organizational Behavior and Management (MS&E 280)
  • Strategy in Technology-based Companies (MS&E 270)
  1. Energy Concentration Courses: (At least 6 course)

Required for all emphases

  • Energy Resources (CEE 207A)
  • Economics of natural resources (MS&E 248)
  • Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis (MS&E/IPER 243)

Policy emphasis

  • Climate and energy policy (MS&E 294)
  • Energy Law and Policy (Law 455)
  • Technology and National Security (MS&E 293)
  • Applied Modeling of Energy and Environmental Markets (MS&E 198)
  • Controlling Climate Change in the 21st Century (ES 247, BioSci 247)

Strategy emphasis

  • Global Entrepreneurial Marketing (MS&E 271)
  • Technology Venture Formation (MS&E 273)
  • Clean Energy Businesses (MS&E 471)

Technology emphasis

  • Energy Systems I: Thermodynamics (ME 370A)
  • Energy Systems II. Modeling and Advanced Concepts (ME 370B)
  • Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes (ENERGY 102)
  • Technology in the Greenhouse (ENERGY 104)
  • Energy Efficient Transportation Systems (MS&E xxx)
  1. Seminars (no more than 3 units)

  • Business and Environmental Issues (MS&E 474/GSBGEN 547)
  • Policy and Economics Research Roundtable (MS&E 446)
  • Energy Decision Making Seminar (MS&E 453B)
  • Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders’ Seminar (MS&E 472)
  1. Elective Courses

  • Linear and Non-Linear Optimization (MS&E 211)
  • Game Theory with Engineering Applications (MS&E 246)
  • Growth and Development (MS&E 249)
  • Dynamic Systems (MS&E 201)
  • Stochastic Decision Models (MS&E 251)
  • Advanced Economics Analysis (MS&E 341)
  • Technology, Policy, and Management in Newly-Industrializing Countries (MS&E 298)
  • Supply Chain Risk and Flexibility Management (MS&E 369)