Atmosphere and Energy Program

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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 atmospheric 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 ― 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.

Students can tailor a minor focusing on A/E to within the minor for Environmental Engineering. Qualified students may also apply to engage in the A/E Honors program (see Chapter 6).

A total of 101 units are required, distributed as follows:
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
CME 102 Ordinary Differential Equations for Engineers (W) 5
Group B:
CME 106 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers (W) 4
STATS 60 Introduction to Statistical Methods: Pre-calculus (A,W,S) 5
STATS 110 Statistical Methods in Eng. and the Physical Sciences (A) 4-5
Science (22 units minimum, including all of the following):
PHYSICS 41 Mechanics (W) 4
PHYSICS 43 Electricity/Magnetism (S) –OR– PHYS 45 Light/Heat (A) 4
CHEM 31B Chemical Principles II (or CHEM 31X or ENGR 31) 4
CEE 70 Environmental Science and Technology (A) 3

Engineering Fundamentals (three courses minimum, including the following):
ENGR 25E Energy: Chem. Transformations for Products, Storage, & Use (W) 3
and at least one of the following two courses:
ENGR 15 Dynamics(A,S) 3
ENGR 30 Engineering Thermodynamics (A,W) 3
ENGR 60 Engineering Economy (last offering Aut 2011) 3
ENGR 70A Programming Methodology (A,W,S) 3-5

Technology in Society
STS 110 Ethics and Public Policy (also fulfills Writing in Major req.)(W) 5

Engineering Depth (42 units minimum):
CEE 64 Air Pollution & Global Warming: History, Science & Solutions (W) 3
CEE 173A Energy Resources (A) 5

At least 34 units from the following, with at least 4 courses from each group:
Group A: Atmosphere
AA 100 Introduction to Aeronautics and Astronautics (A) 3
BIO 164 Biosphere-Atmosphere Interactions 4
CEE 63 Weather and Storms (A) 3
Either CEE 101B Mechanics of Fluids (S) 3
–OR– ME 70 Intro Fluids Engineering (W,S) 4
Either CEE 164 Intro to Physical Oceanography (W) 4
–OR– EESS 146B Atmosphere, Ocean, & Climate Dynamics (S) 3
CEE 172 Air Quality Management (W) 3
CEE 172A Indoor Air Quality (S) (Alt. years) 2-3
CEE 172S Tech & Business Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions (S) 3
CEE 178 Introduction to Human Exposure Analysis (S) 3
EARTHSYS 111 Biology and Global Change (W) 3
Either EARTHSYS 142 Remote Sensing of Land (W) 4
–OR– EARTHSYS 144 Fundamentals of GIS (A) 4
EARTHSYS 146A Atm, Ocean, Climate Dynamics: Atmos. Circ (W) 3
EARTHSYS 184 Climate and Agriculture (S) 3-4
EARTHSYS 188 Social and Env. Tradeoffs in Climate Dec. Making (W) 1-2
ME 131B Fluid Mechanics: Compr. Flow & Turbomachinery (W) 4
MS&E 92Q International Environmental Policy (W) 3

Group B: Energy
CEE 109 Creating a Green Student Workforce 2
Either CEE 142A Negotiating Sustainable Development (W) 3
–OR– CEE 156 Building Systems (S) 4
CEE 136 Green Architecture (W) 4
CEE 176A Energy Efficient Buildings (W) 3-4
CEE 176B Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency (S) 3-4
CEE 176F Energy Systems Field Trips (W) (Alt. years) 1-2
CEE 177S Design for a Sustainable World (S) 1-5
CHEMENG 35N Renewable Energy for a Sustainable World (A) 3
EARTHSYS 101 Energy and the Environment (W) 3
EARTHSYS 102 Renew. En. Sources and Greener En. Procs.(S) 3
Either EE 25Q Electric Automobiles and Aircraft (A) 3
–OR– EE 26N Green Electronics (W) 3
EE 151 Sustainable Energy Systems (W) 3
ENERGY 104 Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems (S) 3
MATSCI 156 Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, and Batteries (A) 4
ME 185 Electric Vehicle Design (S) 3
MS&E 93Q Nuclear Weapons, Energy, Prolif., & Terrorism (S) 3

Subject to the requirements outlined above, students have flexibility in selecting their depth electives and other courses to best suit their interests. On the following pages, two suggested programs are outlined, one with an emphasis on energy and the other on atmospheric studies. Either approach provides the necessary preparation for the master’s degree program in Atmosphere/Energy.

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