We welcome all qualified students to join our summer program. Admission for visiting (non-matriculated) students is handled by Stanford Summer Session and Stanford Summer College. Matriculated Stanford students (incoming & current) should enroll via Stanford's Axess system. In addition, all applicants should submit the SEWSS Registration Form.

In general, students should have current standing as an undergraduate or already possess an undergraduate degree. Stanford Summer College (High School) students are welcome to enroll in courses that are listed as open to undergraduate freshmen (consent of instructor will be required for most courses). Where applicable, solid background in college-level chemistry, biology, math and/or fluid mechanics are highly recommended. English language proficiency is also necessary.

sewss registration
Both Summer Visiting students and Stanford students are requested to submit the SEWSS Registration Form in order to communicate timely information and updates.


scholars program
Registered summer visitors enrolled in 3 or more SEWSS courses are eligible for the SEWSS Scholars Program. Scholars successfully completing and earning C- letter-grade (1.7) or higher credit in each of three courses in this program are awarded a certificate. Candidates must also participate in at least one SEWSS seminar, one SEWSS workshop, and one SEWSS field trip.

tuition & housing
Tuition rate and other fees for summer programs are published by the Stanford Summer Sessions office. On-campus summer housing may be available through the Stanford Housing Assignments office.

calendar 2018
Early December 2017 Summer Session Visitor Admissions begins (for non-matriculated students)
April 8 Axess Enrollment begins
June 24 Summer Session Orientation for Visiting Students
June 25 Classes begin
June 25 Preliminary Study List Deadline
June 29 SEWSS Welcome Pizza Social
July 4 US Independence Day Holiday Observed - No classes
July 6 Final Study List Deadline
July 27 Term Withdrawal Deadline
August 3 Change of grading basis deadline.
August 3 Course withdrawal deadline.
August 16 Last day of classes
August 17-18 Exam period

Environmental Engineering & Science Program Office
Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
473 Via Ortega, Room 254
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-4020

Voice: (650) 725-2390
Fax: (650) 725-3164
Email: ewssummer@stanford.edu

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CHALLENGE & INSPIRE. Are you pursuing an environmental discipline such as Environmental Science, Environmental Studies or Environmental Engineering? Or are you interested in adding an environmental emphasis to your specialty area such as Law, Chemistry, Biology, Business Development or Information Management? Build your environmental knowledge and expertise with the SEWSS program. Let us challenge and inspire you to deepen your knowledge and problem-solving skills so that you may uncover more opportunities for yourself. We seek students who are ready to share and discuss their perspectives and ideas in order to develop personal strengths and passions.

INSIGHT & EXPERTISE. The Environmental Engineering program at Stanford University is recognized as the leading academic program in the environmental and water science and technology field, dedicated to the educational development of uncommon insight and expertise necessary for environmental leadership in all professional directions. Our 8-week summer program is an opportunity for enrichment through scholarly interaction, and focuses on strengthening knowledge about water and the environment with the goal of applications to problem-solving and R&D. Our course offerings include foundational as well as current and forward-looking topics that emphasize critical and innovative thinking.

getting started
STEP 1. Find Courses
Find the courses you are interested in from the list on this web site. Further details can be found at ExploreCourses. If you have any questions about the courses, feel free to contact us or the instructor.
STEP 2. Apply to Stanford
Summer Visitors should complete the online application for either Stanford Summer Session or Stanford Summer College. International visiting students are advised to apply early in order to complete student visa processing requirements. Incoming and current Stanford students can enroll in Axess starting April 8, 2018.
STEP 3. Register for SEWSS
Complete the SEWSS Registration Form in order to receive timely information and updates. Registering is especially essential for courses with enrollment limits.
STEP 4. Apply for Housing
If you would like to apply for on-campus housing for the summer, visit the Student Housing web site. Be sure to meet the housing application deadline.
STEP 5. Review the Stanford Honor Code
Students who are admitted as a Summer Visitor should, before arrival at Stanford, review the Stanford Honor Code. This policy reflects our expectation for ethical scholarly conduct.

CEE 70 Environmental Science & Technology
3 units; R. Kopperud
Introduction to environmental quality and the technical background necessary for understanding environmental issues, controlling environmental degradation, and preserving air and water quality. Material balance concepts for tracking substances in environmental and engineering systems.
CEE 73 Water: An Introduction
3 units; D. Fong, A. Pieja and A. Robertson
Lake Tahoe's waters are so clear you can follow a diver 70 feet below your boat. A Lake Erie summer often means that nearshore waters have a green surface scum obscuring everything below. California, suffering from drought, is seriously considering reclamation and direct potable reuse of sewage—a.k.a. toilet to tap. Can we (or should we) do this? Why is Tahoe clear, Erie green? This class introduces students to the fundamental tools and science used to understand and manage both natural and human-engineered water systems. Each student will use these tools to explore a water topic of their choosing. More info...
CEE 201S Science and Engineering Problem Solving with MatLab
3 units; D. Fong
Introduction to the application of MATLAB as a powerful tool to solve a variety of science and engineering problems. Exposure to computational and visualization tools available through MATLAB to analyze, solve, and visualize some common problems of interest in science and engineering. Prerequisite: Calculus. Note: Students enrolling in CEE 201S must seek the consent of instructor. Recommended: Introductory Calculus. Limited enrollment. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 101S. More info...
CEE 207S Energy Resources: Fuels & Tools
3 units; D. Ginnebaugh
Energy is a vital part of our daily lives. This course examines where that energy comes from, and the advantages and disadvantages across different fuels. Contextual analysis of energy decisions for transportation and electricity generation around the world. Energy resources covered include oil, biomass, natural gas, nuclear, hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and emerging technologies. Prerequisites: Algebra. Note: May not be taken by students who have completed CEE 173A, CEE 207 or EARTHSYS 103. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 107S. More info...
CEE 265C Water Resources Management
3 units; A. Findikakis
Optimal equilibrium between water supply and water demand - under specific local and regional physical, environmental, social and economic constraints. Principles in the context of sustainable development, increasing water scarcity in many parts of the world, and hydrologic uncertainty including that associated with climate change. Operations and water quality in reservoirs, river basins, and groundwater systems; non-conventional water sources; demand management options; and the institutional and legal framework. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 165C. More info...
CEE 270S Environmental Disasters
2 units; Y. Cho, C. Ong
Mining and critical review of scientific literature for environmental impacts, especially chemical contamination, caused by natural and anthropogenic disasters. Focus is on the development of research review skills, critical thinking and discussion of findings. Limited enrollment. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 170S. More info...
CEE 271F New Indicators of Well-Being & Sustainability
3 units; E. Laurent
Explore new ways to better measure human development, comprehensive wealth and sustainability beyond standard economic indicators such as income and GDP. Examine how new indicators shape global, national and local policy worldwide. Well-being topics include health, education, happiness, trust, inequality and governance. Sustainability topics include sustainable development, environmental performance indicators, material flow analysis and decoupling and inclusive wealth indicators. Students will build their own indicator of well-being and sustainability for a term paper. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 171F. More info...
CEE 275P Persuasive Communication for Environmental Scientists, Practitioners, and Entrepreneurs
2 units; C. Stanton and A. de Morree
Achieving environmental goals depends not only on innovative ideas and great science but also persuasive communication. What makes communication persuasive? The ability of the communicator to create value for his or her audience. This course will teach students how to: 1) focus on their audience and 2) create value for their audience using research-proven communication techniques. Students will master these techniques through oral and written exercises so that, after taking this course, they speak and write more persuasively. Limited enrollment. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 175P.
CEE 275Q Changing Human Behavior: Drivers and Barriers in Environmental Action
Beyond the scientific and technological challenges of climate change, there are important psychological factors and barriers to individual attitude and behavior change. Students will analyze and identify barriers to individual action; distinguish between targeting individual behaviors vs. attitudes; understand specific psychological challenges and opportunities that climate change raises; develop strategies to address these factors in contexts where behavior change is sought. Students will propose and develop their own ideas for addressing a specific psychological barrier to individual action in an environmental context. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 175Q.
CEE 275S Environmental Entrepreneurship & Innovation
3 units; B. Shelander, A. Robertson
Our current infrastructure for provision of critical services-clean water, energy, transportation, environmental protection; requires substantial upgrades. As a complement to the scientific and engineering innovations taking place in the environmental field, this course emphasizes the analysis of economic factors and value propositions that align value chain stakeholder interests. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 175S.
CEE 276G Sustainability Design Thinking
3 units; G. Katz
Application of design thinking to make sustainability compelling, impactful and realizable. Analysis of contextual, functional and human-centered design thinking techniques to promote sustainable design of products and environments by holistically considering space, form, environment, energy, economics, and health.  Includes Studio project work in prototyping, modeling, testing, and realizing sustainable design ideas. Limited enrollment. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 176G.
CEE 277L Smart Cities & Communities
3 units; R. Lechner
A city is comprised of people and a complex system of systems. Data provides the connective tissue between those systems. Smart cities use information technology (IT) to harness that data for operational efficiency, efficacy of government services, and sustainability. Key enablers covered include: IoT, open data, analytics, cloud & cognitive computing, and systems of engagement. System case studies will include: water, energy, transportation, buildings, food production, urban design, and social services. The evolving relationship between a city and its citizens as well as the risks/challenges of smart cities will also be explored. Limited enrollment. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 177L. More info...
CEE 279S Seminar: Issues in Environmental Engineering, Science & Sustainability
1-2 units; A. Robertson
Invited faculty, researchers and professionals share their insights and perspectives on a broad range of environmental and sustainability issues. Students critique seminar presentations and associated readings. Open to Summer College students and undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors) as CEE 179S. S/NC grading only.

Is this program open to visitors (non-matriculated students)?
Yes, any summer visitor (graduate, undergraduate and high school) admitted by the Stanford Summer Session office is eligible to participate in the SEWSS program. Summer Visitor applicants should complete the Stanford Summer Session application form, and submit the SEWSS Registration Form. Stanford Summer College students may be eligible for courses open to freshmen pending consent of the instructor.
Is this program open to matriculated Stanford students?
Yes, matriculated Stanford students in any program may enroll in the SEWSS courses through Axess. New EES and EFMH students offered admission in Fall 2018 may have their offer adjusted to allow admission in Summer 2018 by contacting their Stanford program administrator.
Is this program open to undergraduate students?
This program is open to undergraduate students as well as graduate students. Undergraduate students may enroll in any of the courses with a course code of 199 or lower. An undergraduate student with outstanding academic records interested in a course with a course code in the range of 200 to 299 should seek the consent of the instructor before enrolling. Suitability of these courses may also depend on the number of courses in the course load.

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