Energy Courses

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    Seeking to understand and transform the world’s energy systems, MIT researchers and students investigate all aspects of energy. They discover new ways of generating and storing energy, as in creating biofuels from plant waste and in holding electricity from renewable sources in cost-effective, high-capacity batteries. They create models and design experiments to determine how we can improve energy efficiency at all scales, from nanostructures and photovoltaic cells to large power plants and smart electrical grids. They analyze how people make decisions about energy, whether as individual consumers or whole nations, and they forecast what the social and environmental consequences of these decisions might be.

    In fact, the study of energy is so important and so pervasive at MIT, the MIT Energy Initiative has devised an Energy Studies Minor, integrating courses from many different disciplines, for students to develop the expertise needed to reshape how the world uses energy. The minor has two components: a core, which combines key courses in energy science, technology, and social science, and a program of electives, from which students can select courses as they pursue their particular interests.

    Many of these energy courses are represented on OCW. We have arranged the course list below in accordance with the core and electives structure of the energy minor, and added some additional energy courses, labeled other, that have been taught at MIT and published on OCW but are not part of the minor program.

    Energy Courses

     


Energy Minor Core Courses

Course # Course Title Level
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Undergraduate
4.42J Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings Undergraduate
5.60 Thermodynamics & Kinetics Undergraduate
6.007 Electromagnetic Energy: From Motors to Lasers Undergraduate
8.21 The Physics of Energy Undergraduate
12.340 Global Warming Science Undergraduate
15.031J Energy Decisions, Markets, and Policies Undergraduate
22.081J Introduction to Sustainable Energy Undergraduate

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Energy Minor Elective Courses

Course # Course Title Level
2.57 Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes Undergraduate
2.627 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics Undergraduate
3.003 Principles of Engineering Practice Undergraduate
4.401 Introduction to Building Technology Undergraduate
6.061 Introduction to Electric Power Systems Undergraduate
6.701 Introduction to Nanoelectronics Undergraduate
11.165 Infrastructure and Energy Technology Challenges Undergraduate
14.42 Environmental Policy and Economics Undergraduate
14.44 Energy Economics Undergraduate
21H.207 The Energy Crisis: Past and Present Undergraduate
22.033 Nuclear Systems Design Project Undergraduate
22.06 Engineering of Nuclear Systems Undergraduate
SP.775 D-Lab: Energy Undergraduate
10.626 Electrochemical Energy Systems Graduate
ESD.934 Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector Graduate

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Other Energy Courses

Course # Course Title Level
5.92 Energy, Environment, and Society Undergraduate
14.44 Energy Economics Undergraduate
2.611 Marine Power and Propulsion Graduate
2.625 Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage: Fundamentals, Materials, and Applications Graduate
15.023J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy Graduate
ESD.172J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy Graduate

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