Energy Courses

     photo of windmill

    Photo by Flickr user Changhua Coast Conservation Action.

    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 undergraduate Energy Studies Minor which develops the expertise needed to reshape how the world uses energy. The heart of the Energy Students Minor is a core of foundational subjects in energy science, technology, and social science, complemented by a program of electives which allow students to tailor their Energy Minor to their particular interests.

    Many of the Energy Minor subjects are represented on OCW, and listed below. In addition to the core and elective courses, some other energy courses which are not officially part of the Energy Minor program are also listed.

    Energy Courses

     


Energy Minor Core Courses

Course # Course Title Level
2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion Undergraduate
3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science 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
14.01SC Principles of Microeconomics (Fall 2011) Undergraduate
14.01 Principles of Microeconomics (Fall 2007) Undergraduate
14.42 Environmental Policy and Economics Undergraduate
14.44 Energy Economics Undergraduate
15.031J Energy Decisions, Markets, and Policies Undergraduate
22.081J Introduction to Sustainable Energy Undergraduate
15.010 Economic Analysis for Business Decisions Graduate
15.023J Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy Graduate

Upward arrow. Back to Top

Energy Minor Elective Courses

Course # Course Title Level
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
8.044 Statistical Physics I Undergraduate
11.165 Infrastructure and Energy Technology Challenges Undergraduate
22.033 Nuclear Systems Design Project Undergraduate
22.06 Engineering of Nuclear Systems Undergraduate
EC.711 D-Lab: Energy Undergraduate
2.611 Marine Power and Propulsion Graduate
10.626 Electrochemical Energy Systems Graduate
ESD.934 Engineering, Economics and Regulation of the Electric Power Sector Graduate

Upward arrow. Back to Top

Other Energy Courses

Course # Course Title Level
5.92 Energy, Environment, and Society Undergraduate
6.S079 Nanomaker Undergraduate
21H.207 The Energy Crisis: Past and Present Undergraduate
STS.038 Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 Undergraduate
2.57 Nano-to-Macro Transport Processes Graduate
22.312 Engineering of Nuclear Reactors Graduate
ESD.172J X PRIZE Workshop: Grand Challenges in Energy Graduate

Upward arrow. Back to Top