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One of the biggest levers for climate change mitigation is to massively transform our global energy systems, while also fulfilling everyone’s need for energy access. Through completing this certificate, you will become familiar with fundamental energy concepts and build awareness of interconnected systems, which will help you become involved in solving real energy challenges in the future. 

Learning objectives


Gain exposure to fundamentals of energy science and systems by taking CEE/ENERGY 207A. 


Identify interconnections between technical, social, economic, and/or political dimensions of the energy system. Apply energy fundamentals in interdisciplinary or problem-solving contexts by taking three elective courses.  


Grapple with real energy issues through a project-based course. Apply knowledge and skills about energy systems and from the students’ primary degree to complete a course-related project. 


You must complete the core course and 3 elective courses from the list below. 1 elective must be a project based course. 

Reminder: All courses must be taken for at least 3 units and a letter grade. You cannot receive credit towards the program requirements for repeated courses or courses counted towards your graduate degree

Core course

Elective courses

CourseTitleProject based
CEE 176AEnergy Efficient Buildings 
CEE 207RExtreme Energy Efficiency 
CEE 219Geothermal Energy Development & its Role in Decarbonizing the Electrical Grid 
CEE 226ETechniques and Methods for Decarbonized and Energy Efficient Building Design✔️
CEE 256Building Systems Design & Analysis✔️
CEE 272REngineering Future Electricity Systems✔️
CEE 273SElectricity Economics 
CEE 276B100% Clean Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything 
CEE 330Racial Equity in Energy 
CEE 330BQuest for an Inclusive Clean Energy Economy 
EARTHSYS 213Hacking for Climate and Sustainability✔️
ECON 256Energy Markets and Policy 
ECON 261The Engineering Economics of Electricity Markets 
ENERGY 203Stanford Climate Ventures✔️
ENERGY 204Sustainable Energy for 9 Billion 
ENERGY 263Sustainable Energy Decisions 
ENERGY 269Geothermal Reservoir Engineering 
ENERGY 271Energy Infrastructure, Technology and Economics 
ENERGY 291Optimization of Energy Systems✔️
ENERGY 201BFundamentals of Energy Processes 
ENERGY 201CEnergy Storage and Conversion Systems: Solar Cells, Fuel Cells, Batteries 
LAW 2503Energy Law 
SUSTAIN 101ADecision Making for Sustainable Energy 
SUSTAIN 210Justice 40 Policy Lab✔️
SUSTAIN 376Startup Garage: Design (Ecopreneurship)✔️

View Explore Courses for a current list of course offerings in this program