Atmosphere and Energy Program

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2015-16 Program Requirements

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Atmosphere and energy are strongly linked: Fossil-fuel energy use contributes to air pollution, climate change, and perturbations to the weather, and the atmosphere feeds back as renewable wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy sources. 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 or the other 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).


A total of 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:
MATH 53 Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (A,W,S) 5 units
CME 102 Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers (W) 5 units
Group B:
CME 106 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (W) 4 units
STATS 60 Introduction to Statistical Methods: Pre-calculus (A,W,S) 5 units
STATS 110 Statistical Methods in Eng. and the Physical Sciences (A) 4-5 units
Science (20 units minimum, including all of the following):
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics (W) 4 units
PHYSICS 43 Electricity/Magnetism (S) –OR– PHYS 45 Light/Heat (A) 4 units
CHEM 31B Chemical Principles II (or CHEM 31X or ENGR 31) 4-5 units
CEE 70 Environmental Science and Technology (A) 3units

Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum, including the following):
1. ENGR 25E. Energy: Chem. Transformations for Products, Storage, & Use (W) 3 units

or ENGR 50E. Introduction to Material Science: Energy Emphasis (A) 4 units at least one of the following courses:
2. ENGR 10. Introd to Engineering Analysis (not offered 2015-16) 4 units
or ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics (A,W,S) 3 units
or ENGR 60. Engineering Economy (not offered 2015-16) 3 units
or ENGR 70A. Programming Methodology (Same as CS 106A) (A,W,S) 5 units one elective from above or from others on the ENGR Fundamentals Approved Courses List. Note that (a) if ENGR 70A/CS106A is counted, ENGR 70B/X cannot be used; (b) if ENGR 25E is counted, ENGR 25B cannot be used; (c) if ENGR 50E is counted, neither ENGR 50 nor ENGR 50B can be counted; and (d) if ENGR 90/CEE 70 is used as Science, it cannot count as an Engineering Fundamental.

Technology in Society
MS&E 197. Ethics and Public Policy (recommended; also fulfills Writing in Major requirement*) (not offered 2015-16) 5 units

  • The Writing in the Major requirement may also be met by taking one of these TiS courses: COMM 120W or MS&E 193; -OR- CEE 100, EARTHSYS 200, MS&E 152W, HUMBIO 4B, or the combination of 2 units of CEE199 with 1 unit of ENGR 199W.

Engineering Depth (42 units minimum):
CEE 64. Air Pollution & Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions (W) 3 units
CEE 107A or 107S. Understanding Energy (A or SUM) 3 units

At least 36 units from the following, with at least 4 courses from each group:
Group A: Atmosphere
AA 100. Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics (A) 3 units
CEE 63. Weather and Storms (A) 3 units
Either CEE 101B or 101N. Mechanics of Fluids (A or S) 4 units
–OR– ME 70. Intro Fluids Engineering (W,S) 4 units
Either CEE 164. Intro to Physical Oceanography (W) 4 units
–OR– EESS 146B. Atmosphere, Ocean, & Climate Dynamics (S -- alt. years) 3 units
CEE 172. Air Quality Management (S) 3 units
CEE 172A. Indoor Air Quality (A) (Alt. years) 2-3 units
CEE 178. Introduction to Human Exposure Analysis (S) 3 units
EARTHSYS 37N –OR– 41N. Climate Change: Science & Society (S, 3 units) –OR– The Global Warming Paradox (A, 3 units)                

EARTHSYS 57Q. Climate Change from Past to Future (W) 3 units

EARTHSYS 111. Biology and Global Change (W) 3 units

EARTHSYS 129. Geographic Impacts of Global Change, S 4 units
Either EARTHSYS 142. Remote Sensing of Land (W) 4 units
–OR– EARTHSYS 144. Fundamentals of GIS (A) 4 units
EARTHSYS 146A. Atmosphere, Ocean & Climate Dynamics: Atmos. Circulation (W) 3 units

EARTHSYS 184. Climate and Agriculture (S) 3-4 units

EARTHSYS 188. Social & Environmental Tradeoffs in Climate Decision Making (S) 2 units
ME 131B. Fluid Mechanics: Compr. Flow & Turbomachinery (W) 4 units
MS&E 92Q. International Environmental Policy (W) 3 units

Group B: Energy

APPPHYS 79N. Energy Options for the 21st Century (A), 3 units
AA 116Q Electric Automobiles and Aircraft, 3 units, (A); 
- OR-
EE 155 Green Electronics, 4 units, (A)

CEE 107F. Understanding Energy: Fieldtrips (A,S) 1 unit
CEE107W. Understanding Energy: Workshop (A,S) 1 unit
CEE 109. Creating a Green Student Workforce, 2 units (not offered 2015-16)
CEE 156. Building Systems (W) 4 units
CEE 176A. Energy Efficient Buildings (W) 3-4 units
CEE 176B. Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency (S) 3-4 units   

CEE 176C. Energy Storage Integration, (A), 3 units                                                                                        
CEE 177S. Design for a Sustainable World (S) 1-5 units
CHEMENG 35N. Renewable Energy for a Sustainable World (not offered 2015-16) 3 units
EARTHSYS 46Q. Environmental Impacts of Energy Systems (W) 3 units

EARTHSYS 101. Energy and the Environment (W) 3 units
EARTHSYS 102. Renewable Energy Sources and Greener Energy Processes (S) 3 units
ECON 17N. Energy, the Environment, and the Economy (W), 3 units
–OR– OSPKYOTO 45. Japan’s Energy-Environmental Conundrum (W) 4-5 units

EE 151. Sustainable Energy Systems (W) 3 units
ENERGY 104. Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems (S) 3 units
MATSCI 156. Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries: Materials for the Energy Solution (A) 4 units
ME 185. Electric Vehicle Design (not offered 2015-16) 3 units

OSPSANTG 31. The Chilean Energy System: 30 Years of Market Reform, (Sum), 5 units

See the Navigation Bar at left for A/E 4-Year Plans and Program Sheets; any plan from a year you are enrolled at Stanford as an undergraduate is allowed.


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.


1. Enter your major declaration for Atmosphere/Energy in Axess. Select ENGR-BS as your major and Atmosphere/Energy as your subplan.
2. Pick up your academic folder from your freshman/sophomore adviser and print out your unofficial Stanford transcript from Axess.
3. Download and complete your major Program Sheet, which you can obtain from the UGHB website at Be sure to fill in all courses that you have taken and those which you plan to take. You will have the opportunity to revise this later, so please fill in as many courses as you can.
4. Bring your academic folder, 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.
5. Meet with the advisor and have him review and sign your program sheet.
6. Return your signed program sheet to the CEE Student Services Specialist, who will then approve your major declaration in Axess.
7. 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 4: "Policies and Procedures." The relevant forms may be downloaded from under the "Petitions" link. 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.
Note: The online version of your major (link from the Home or Major Programs page of the UGHB website) is considered the definitive version of 2015-16 requirements; corrections or updates may have been made after the printed and pdf versions were published in August 2014.
★ You must use a program sheet from a year you have been enrolled at Stanford.

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