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energy and environment mem track - Nicholas School of the


									                                                                                             Jan. 2012

                                    Energy & Environment
                             (Master’s of Environmental Management)

The Energy & Environment (EE) program trains students who wish to help lead the transition to
a sustainable energy future. Climatic, economic, and geopolitical factors are some of the many
challenges and opportunities arising from the dynamic intersection between energy and the
environment. Recognizing and acting on these issues will require innovative thinkers and leaders
who understand the energy system and the important interconnections between policy, markets,
technology, and the environment.

The EE program aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively
address energy and environmental challenges. Over the course of the program, students will
     A broad perspective on the current energy system and future alternatives.
     A fundamental understanding of science & technology as it relates to energy and
     Background in the economics, policy, and business of energy.
     First-hand exposure to the energy sector and energy leaders.
     Critical skills in data analysis and modeling.
     Experience with communication, facilitation, project management, and teamwork.

Students pursuing this course of study will be well prepared for positions focused on
transitioning from conventional to sustainable energy. Potential roles include helping
government and advocacy groups to design and implement new policies, working with
regulatory and research groups to assess policy compliance and effectiveness, and enabling
private-sector firms to think strategically about trends in science, technology, and policy.

Energy use is one of the most complex and multi-faceted problems influencing the future of the
environment. Students wishing to complete the EE program will need to complete multi-
disciplinary coursework that addresses the diverse aspects of energy. The program is organized
along four broad themes: Science & Technology, Markets & Policy, Tools, and Energy

Elements Common to All MEM Programs:

Prerequisites for admission to the Nicholas School are (1) some previous training in the natural
sciences or the social sciences related to the student’s area of interest, (2) at least one semester of
college calculus; (3) a college statistics course that includes descriptive statistics, probability
distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, simple linear regression, and
simple ANOVAs.

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During the first year of study, students work with a course adviser on course selection and on
determining an area of study for the Master’s Project (MP). By the middle of the second
semester, the student will choose an MP adviser who will work with the student on developing a
Master’s Project, and will continue to consult with the course adviser on courses to be taken
during the second year. Master’s Projects may be either individual or group projects, and may be
on a topic proposed by an external client, a faculty member, or the student

In the second year, students will complete the course requirements and devote time to the
completion of the Master’s Project. The MEM program requires a total of at least 48 credit
hours. A Master’s Project paper and presentation will be made at the end of the second semester
of the second year. The required number of credit hours and MP presentation schedule vary
slightly for the concurrent degree students.

Required courses for all Nicholas School students are:

ENVIRON 802 (302) Program Management (3 credit hours)
ENVIRON 800 (298.98) Professional Communications (.5 credit hours)
ENVIRON 898.xx (398.xx) MP Seminar (1 credit hour to be awarded at the end of 4 semesters)
ENVIRON 899.xx (399.xx) Master’s Project (4 to 6 credit hours)

Successful completion of two online modules is also a requirement. The modules offer
information on various types of MPs and principles of research design.

Elements Specific to the Energy & Environment Program:

In addition to the school-wide prerequisites, the EE program also requires college level
introductory microeconomics (which can be met by introductory economics that is mainly micro
rather than macro). Deficiencies must be made up prior to matriculation or during the first year
of residence; these courses do not count toward degree requirements.

Credit requirements:
    Core Course (3 credit hours)
    Science & Technology (6 credit hours)
    Markets & Policy (5-6 credit hours)
    Tools (9 credit hours)
    Energy Electives (6 credit hours)
    Free Electives (7.5-10.5 credit hours)

Note that although a course may qualify for more than one category, it can only be counted once
toward a program requirement. Students should work closely with their advisors to ensure that
all requirements are met and that elective courses are appropriate to the program.

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                                 1. Core Courses (3 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following course (preferably in their first semester):

   ENVIRON 711 (211)             Energy and the Environment (3 credit hours, fall)

                            2. Science & Technology (6 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following course:

   ENVIRON 631 (298.23)          Energy Tech. & Impact on the Environ. (3 credit hours, spring)

Students are required to take at least one of the following courses:
   EOS 511 (211)                 The Climate System (3 credit hours, fall)
   EOS 512 (212)                 Climate Change and Climate Modeling (3 credit hours, spring)
   ENVIRON 535 (235)             Air Quality Management (3 credit hours, fall)
   EOS 551S (251S)               Global Environmental Change (3 credit hours, spring)
   ENVIORN564 (22)               Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours, fall)
   BIO 560 (217)                 Ecology and Global Change (3 credit hours, spring)
   Other courses that look at the impact of energy-related activities on ecosystems, air quality,
   and global change may also qualify for this category.

                              3. Markets & Policy (5-6 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following course:

   ENVIRON 520 (270)             Resource & Environmental Economics (3 credit hours, fall and

In addition, students are required to take at least one of the following courses:
    ENVIRON 752 (252)            Sustainability & Renewable Res. Econ. (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 577 (274)            Environmental Politics (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 550 (285)            Land Use Principles and Policies (3 credit hours, fall)
    ENVIRON 298.83               Climate Change Economics & Policy (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 717 (298.93) Electric Power Markets (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 849A (298.99) Energy and Environmental Policy (2 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 298.103              Current Issues in Environmental Policy (1 credit hour, spring)
    ENVIRON 298.115              Energy Environment and the Law (3 credit hours, fall)
    ENVIRON 826 (326)            Global Environmental Politics (3 credit hours)
    ENVIRON 831 (331)            Business Strategy for Environ. Sust. (3 credit hours, every other
    ENVIRON 855 (355)            International Environmental Law (3 credit hours, spring)
    EGRMGMT 574 (274)            Commercializing Tech. Innov. (3 credit hours, fall)
    LAW 235                      Environmental Law (3 credit hours, fall)
    LAW 520                      Climate Change and the Law (3 credit hours, spring)
    MARKETING 463                Marketing of Innovations (3 credit hours)
    PUBPOL 790.xx (388.08) Intl. Energy Systems & Sust Devel. (3 credits, spring)

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    Other courses that address legal, political or economic subjects may also qualify for this
                                      4. Tools (9 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following two courses:

   ENVIRON 710 (210)            Applied Data Analysis for Envir. Science (3 credit hours, fall)
   ENVIRON 716 (298.29)         Energy Systems Modeling (3 credit hours, fall)

In addition, students are required to take at least one of the following courses:
    ENVIRON 559 (259)            Fundamentals of Geospatial Analysis (3 credit hours, fall)
    ENVIRON 531 (271)            Economic Analysis of Environ. Policies (3 credit hours, fall)
    ENVIRON 532 (272)            Evaluation of Public Expenditures (3 credit hours, fall)
    ENVIRON 557 (280)            Social Sci. Surveys for Environ. Mgmt. (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 850 (350)            Program Evaluation of Environ. Policies (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 852 (352)            Spatial Analysis in Ecology (3 units, every other spring)
    ENVIRON 827 (374)            Business Principles (3 credit hours, spring)
    ENVIRON 832 (385)            Environmental Decision Analysis (3 credit hours, spring)
    EOS 540 (240)                Intro to Computer Modeling in Earth Sci. (3 credit hours, fall)
    DECISION 411                 Forecasting (3 units, fall)
    EGRMGMT 560 (260)            Project Management (3 units, fall)
    EGRMGMT 532 (232)            Adv Corp Finance Tech (3 units, spring)
    PUBPOL 811 (311)             Microeconomics: Policy Appl (3 units, spring)
    PUBPOL 813 (313)             Quantitative Evaluation Methods (3 units, spring)
    Other courses may also qualify for this category.

                              5. Energy Electives (6 credit hours)
Many of the 1 credit courses listed are taught by visiting faculty or energy practitioners;
offerings will change regularly, depending on instructor availability and student interest.
Students may count up to 3 1-credit hour courses towards the energy elective requirement.

A total of 6 credit hours of energy electives are required from the following:

   ENVIRON 713A (298.18) Clean Energy: California Field Trip (1 credit, spring)
   ENVIRON 712A (298.19) Hydrocarbons: Houston Field Trip (1 credit, fall)
   ENVIRON 298.20          Transportation and Energy (3 credit hours, fall)
   ENVIRON 715 (298.22) Understanding Energy Models and Modeling (1 credit, spring)
   ENVIRON 298.37          Sustainable Cities and Urban Design (3 credit, fall)
   ENVIRON 298.51          Petroleum Exploration (1 credit, spring)
   ENVIRON 816 (298.92) Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (2 credit hours, spring)
   ENVIRON 717 (298.93) Electric Power Markets (3 credit hours, spring)
   ENVIRON 593.12 (299.12) Energy of Geopolitics (1 credit, spring)
   ENVIRON 801.02 (301.02) Approaches to Low Carbon Economy (1 credit, spring)
   ENVIRON 801.21 (301.21) Energy and Environment in Existing Homes (1 credit, spring)
   EOS 544 (244)           Geoengineering (3 credit hours, fall)

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                            6. Free Electives (7.5-10.5 credit hours)
Students may satisfy the balance of their credit hours by taking any courses that satisfy the
guidelines set by the Nicholas School.

Participating Faculty
Faculty members serving as advisors in the Energy and Environmental program are listed below.
Please consult the Nicholas School home page for a description of their research interests.

Lincoln Pratson (Chair)               681-8077     
Dalia Patino-Echeverri                613-7461     
Richard Newell                        981-8865     
Jay Golden                            613-8079     
Cary Gravatt                          981-8050     
Peter Haff                            684-5902     
Tim Johnson                           541-0575     
Jonas Monast                          981-7188     

The following faculty have experience, expertise and interest in energy and may be able to serve
as advisors.

Paul Baker                            684-6450     
Martin Smith                          613-8028     
Erika Weinthal                        613-8080     

Revised Jan. 2012

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