Energy and Resources

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group (ERG) confers an interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor in Energy and Resources and a Summer Minor/Certificate in Sustainability, as well as graduate M.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Energy and Resources Group research and courses empha­size science-based knowl­edge of the envi­ron­men­tal con­se­quences of resource use; ana­lyt­i­cal tools that pro­mote effi­ciency, con­ser­va­tion, afford­abil­ity, and equity in energy and resource use; and  under­stand­ing of the social and insti­tu­tional con­texts in which resource and envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems arise, and in which cre­ative and eth­i­cal solu­tions can be sus­tained. It is this syn­the­sis of basic sci­ence, prac­ti­cal problem-solving, and con­struc­tive social cri­tique that defines ERG.

Visit the Energy and Resources Group website for more information about our undergraduate minors and graduate programs.

Energy and Resources Minor

The Energy and Resources Minor offers knowl­edge and skills to enable matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduates to address the com­plex and inter­de­pen­dent issues asso­ci­ated with the inter­ac­tion of social, eco­nomic, polit­i­cal, tech­ni­cal, and envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors. Stu­dents in any major may add the Energy and Resources minor, which is composed of two core and three elective upper division courses. Several of these courses require preparation in mathematics or science.

Summer Sustainability Minor

Whatever direction your studies take you, the Energy and Resources Summer Minor or Certificate in Sustainability will equip you with tools to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. This program offers a practical and relevant interdisciplinary approach at the intersection of environmental, economic, social, political, and cultural issues.

Students in the interdisciplinary Summer Minor in Sustainability will learn about:

  • The science, engineering, economics, and policy of renewable energy
  • Biodiversity, environmental degradation, and the science behind climate change
  • The business and economics of environmental sustainability
  • Environmental change and social justice

The Summer Minor or Certificate in Sustainability is open to matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduates, students from other institutions, and the general public. Upon completion, UC Berkeley undergraduates receive a Minor in Sustainability, while other participants receive a Certificate in Sustainability from UC Berkeley. Visit the Energy and Resources Group website for more information.

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Minor Requirements

The Energy and Resources Minor

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines
  1. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit, except for courses taken in spring or summer 2020, when students will be allowed to take courses Pass/No Pass.

  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.

  3. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.

  4. At least four upper division courses must be taken at UC Berkeley.

Declaring the Minor

Students interested in pursuing the Energy and Resources minor should submit an Intent to Declare the Minor form during the semester in which upper division minor coursework is started. For information on how to submit your intent to pursue the minor, courses that fulfill the minor, how common lower division prerequisites may be completed, and how to declare the minor once completed, please visit the ERG website.

Requirements FOR THE eNERGY AND rESOURCES mINOR

Students have or will develop strong foundations in math, physics, chemistry, and biology.

There are no lower division courses required for the Energy and Resources Minor; however in some cases lower division coursework is required in order to be enrolled in the upper division courses.

Many of the Energy and Resources minor upper division courses have prerequisites such as: MATH 1A-MATH 1B or MATH 16A-MATH 16BPHYSICS 7A-PHYSICS 7B or PHYSICS 8A- PHYSICS 8B; CHEM 1A or CHEM 4A; and BIOLOGY 1B

Upper division requirements (five courses):
Two core courses:
ENE,RES C100Energy and Society4
ENE,RES 102Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems4
Three upper division electives, approved by the ERG faculty (see below):
At least one course must be in the social sciences.
At least one course must be in the natural sciences or engineering.
At one of the three upper division electives must be from the ERG department.
Electives

The choice of electives should be made with two goals in mind: exploring the range of approaches available to address energy and resource issues and complementing the student's major. The latter can be achieved by adding relevant depth in closely related areas or by exploring methods and approaches that contrast with the tools and knowledge base employed in the major. Students are encouraged to discuss their program with the Energy and Resources minor advisor.

The following courses have been approved, but students should contact the Energy and Resources minor advisor to request approval of alternate courses. At least four upper division courses must be taken at Berkeley.

Social science electives
ENE,RES 175Water and Development4
ENE,RES C176Climate Change Economics4
ENE,RES 190Seminar in Energy and Resources Issues3
ECON/ENVECON C102Natural Resource Economics4
ESPM 102DClimate and Energy Policy4
ESPM 155ACSociology and Political Ecology of Agro-Food Systems4
ESPM 160AC/HISTORY 120ACAmerican Environmental and Cultural History4
ESPM 161Environmental Philosophy and Ethics4
ESPM 168Political Ecology4
ESPM 169International Environmental Politics4
Natural science and engineering electives
ENE,RES 101Ecology and Society3
ENE,RES 131Data, Environment and Society4
CIV ENG 103Introduction to Hydrology3
CIV ENG 107Climate Change Mitigation3
CIV ENG 111Environmental Engineering3
CIV ENG 114Environmental Microbiology3
CIV ENG 115Water Chemistry3
EPS 117Geomorphology4
ESPM 111Ecosystem Ecology4
ESPM 112Microbial Ecology3
ESPM 120Science of Soils3
ESPM/EPS C129Biometeorology3
ESPM 131Soil Microbiology and Biogeochemistry3
ESPM 140General Entomology4
ESPM/EPS C180/CIV ENG C106Air Pollution3
INTEGBI 106APhysical and Chemical Environment of the Ocean4
INTEGBI 152Environmental Toxicology4
INTEGBI 153Ecology3
INTEGBI 157LFEcosystems of California4
Other electives
ESPM 118Agricultural Ecology4
CY PLAN 119Planning for Sustainability4

Summer Minor Requirements

Summer Minor and Certificate in Sustainability

Whatever direction your studies take you, the Summer Minor or Certificate in Sustainability will equip you with tools to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

The summer minor and certificate program in sustainability is open to matriculated UC Berkeley undergraduates and visiting summer-only students. Upon completion, UC Berkeley undergraduates receive a Minor in Sustainability; summer-only students receive a Certificate in Sustainability from UC Berkeley. More information can be found by clicking here .

CURRICULUM:

The Sustainability Minor or Certificate focuses on environmental sustainability. Students gain understanding of the social science and history of environmental thought and movements; the science, engineering, policy and economics of environmental change; renewable energy; biodiversity and environmental degradation; the business and economics of sustainability, and environmental justice.

Scholarship funds are available to eligible UC Berkeley students who complete the Summer Minor in Sustainability.

A minimum of 15 units of coursework is required, which can be completed during one or two summers. Students must complete either Energy and Society ENE,RES W100 / ENE,RES C100 or Climate Change Economics ENE,RES C176 in addition to choosing electives from the list of approved courses below.

UC Berkeley undergraduates may elect to take either Energy and Society ENE,RES C100 or Climate Change Economics  ENE,RES C176 during the summer or the fall terms.

All other elective courses will be offered during the summer only and are unique to summer. The courses Energy and Society and Water and Sanitation Justice are offered in a web-based format during the summer and can be taken remotely.

Please note in Summer 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all courses will be offered remotely.

Core Course (select one)

ENE,RES C100Energy and Society4
ENE,RES W100Energy and Society4
ENE,RES C176Climate Change Economics4

Electives (select four)

Please consult with the Minor Advisor for a complete list of currently available and approved electives.

ENE,RES W100Energy and Society4
ENE,RES 101Ecology and Society3
ENE,RES 170Environmental Classics3
ENE,RES 171California Water3
ENE,RES W174Water and Sanitation Justice3
ENE,RES C176Climate Change Economics4
 
 

Courses

Energy and Resources

Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

David Anthoff, Assistant Professor. Environmental economics, climate policy, integrated assessment models.
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Duncan Callaway, Associate Professor. Modeling and control of aggregated storage devices, power management, and system analysis of energy technologies and their impact.
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John Harte, Professor of the Graduate School. Global change, ecology, sustainability, energy policy, theoretical ecology, biodiversity.
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Daniel M. Kammen, Professor. Public policy, nuclear engineering, energy, resources, risk analysis as applied to global warming, methodological studies of forecasting, hazard assessment, renewable energy technologies, environmental resource management.
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Catherine Koshland, Professor. Air pollution, metals, energy, resources, environmental human health, mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors, control strategies in urban airsheds, pollutant formation, chlorinated hydrocarbons, particulates, industrial ecology.
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Lara Kueppers, Associate Professor. Ecological responses and feedback to climate change, climate-ecosystem interactions in forests and agroecosystems, agriculture, climate change, ecology, forests, tropics.
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Isha Ray, Associate Professor. Water and development, Gender, water and sanitation, technology and development, social science research methods .
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Margaret S. Torn, Associate Adjunct Professor. Biodiversity, biogeochemistry, carbon cycle, climate change, ecology, ecosystem services .
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Emeritus Faculty

John P. Holdren, Professor Emeritus.

Richard B. Norgaard, Professor Emeritus.
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Contact Information

Energy and Resources Group

310 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-1640

Fax: 510-642-1085

ergdeskb@berkeley.edu

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Chair

Professor Daniel M. Kammen

310 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-1640

kammen@berkeley.edu

Faculty Undergraduate Minor Advisor

Professor Lara Kueppers

310 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-1139

lmkueppers@berkeley.edu

Group Manager

Megan Amaral

310 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-1760

megana@berkeley.edu

Graduate Student Affairs Officer

Kay Burns

310 Barrows Hall

Phone: 510-642-8859

kayb@berkeley.edu

ERG Minor Advisor

Anna Hoehenrieder

260 Mulford Hall

Phone: 510-643-9639

http://nature.berkeley.edu/

erg.minor@berkeley.edu

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