EE Prerequisites & Course Requirements

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PREREQUISITES

These are the courses you’ll need to complete before you start your degree program. See our Statement of Prerequisite Coursework for details. 

Prerequisites for All MEM Students

  • Some previous training in the natural sciences or the social sciences related to the student’s area of interest.
  • At least one semester of college calculus.
  • A college statistics course that includes descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, simple linear regression, and simple ANOVAs.

Additional Prerequisite for EE Students One semester of college-level microeconomics. Alternatively, this requirement can be fulfilled with one semester of introductory economics, if your course had a focus on micro rather than macroeconomics. 


COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The MEM degree requires a minimum of 48 credit hours. A typical EE curriculum consists of the following components: 

  • Four courses/tutorials required for all MEM students (6-8 credit hours)
  • One Core Course (3 credit hours minimum)
  • Two Science & Technology Courses (6 credit hours minimum)
  • Three Markets & Policy Courses (6 credit hours minimum)
  • Three Tools Courses (9 credit hours minimum)
  • Two Energy Electives (6 credit hours minimum)
  • Master’s Project (4-6 credit hours)
  • Additional electives to meet the 48-credit hour minimum for degree completion 

Requirements for All MEM Students
All MEM students must take the following courses:

  • ENVIRON 896 Professional Communications (1/2 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 897 Writing a Masters’ Project (1/2 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 898.09 MP Seminar (1 credit hour to be awarded at the end of 4 semesters)
  • ENVIRON 899.09 Master’s Project (4 to 6 credit hours)
  • Successful completion of online Introductory Master’s Project Tutorials

Course Requirements Specific to the EE Program
All EE students must take the following courses: 

  • ENVIRON 711 Energy and the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 631 Energy Tech. & Impact on the Environ. (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 520 Resource & Environmental Economics I (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 635 Energy Economics and Policy (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 710 Applied Data Analysis for Envir. Science (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 716 Modeling for Energy Systems (3 credit hours)

Plus additional courses to fulfill the minimum credit hours requirement for each curriculum category. (See Example Courses.)

Master’s Project
Each MEM student must complete a Master’s Project. This project provides an opportunity to integrate your coursework and showcase your ability to use what you have learned at the Nicholas School to design and carry out a well-formulated and defensible analysis of a problem related to your area of specialization. The Master’s Project may be done individually or in a group and typically culminates in a paper and presentation in the program’s final semester. The Master’s Project fulfills 4-6 credit hours. 


EXAMPLE COURSES

Courses supporting the EE program are taught within the Nicholas School, at several other departments at Duke, and at UNC-Chapel Hill and NCSU. This list of example courses is not exhaustive; see our Advising page for an up-do-date list of available courses.

Core Course (3 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following course (preferably in their first semester):
ENVIRON 711 Energy and the Environment (3 credit hours, fall)

Science & Technology Courses (6 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following course (preferably in their second semester):
ENVIRON 631 Energy Tech. & its Impact on the Environ. (3 credit hours, spring)

Students are required to take at least one of the following courses:

  • BIOLOGY 560 Ecology and Global Change (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYEGR 490-02  Modern Power Systems (3 credit hours; cross-listed as ME 490-04)
  • ENVIRON 536 Water Quality Management (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 552 Climate and Society (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 564 Biogeochemistry (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 623 Ecological Diversity and Climate Change
  • ENVIRON 624 Agriculture and Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 739 Changing Atmosphere (3 credit hours) 
  • EOS 508 Climate History (3 credit hours)
  • EOS 511 The Climate System (3 credit hours)
  • EOS 512 Climate Change (3 credit hours)
  • EOS 524 Water Quality Health (3 credit hours)
  • EOS 525 Water Pollution (3 credit hours)
  • EOS 551 Global Environmental Change (3 credit hours)

Other courses that look at the impact of energy-related activities on ecosystems, air quality, water, and climate may also qualify for this category.

Markets & Policy (6 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following 2 half-semester courses (preferably in their first semester):
ENVIRON 520 Resource & Environmental Economics I (1.5 credit hours, fall)
ENVIRON 635 Energy Economics and Policy (1.5 credit hours, fall)

In addition, students are required to take at least 3 credits of the following courses:

  • EGRMGMT 560 Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 574 Commercializing Technology Innovations (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 590 Applied Energy Economics (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 620 Energy Finance (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 727 Energy Law (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYENV 625 Energy, Markets, and Innovation (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYENV 627 Business Strategy for Sustainability
  • ENVIRON 521 Resource & Environmental Economics II (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 537 Environmental Health (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 538 Global Environmental Health: Econ and Policy (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 550 Land Use Principles and Policies (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 577 Environmental Politics (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 583 Energy and US National Security (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 590.75 Applied Env Policy Entrepreneurship (1 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 590.84 Env Entrepreneurship Finance (1.5 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 603 Air Quality I: Sources, Fate, and Transport (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 604 Air Quality II: Human Exposure and Health (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 640 Climate Change Economics & Policy (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 717 Markets for Electric Power (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 752 Sustainability and Renewable Resource Economics (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 782 Foundations of Environmental Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 826 Global Environmental Politics (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 831 Sustainable Business Strategy (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 835 Environmental Law (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 855 International Environmental Law (3 credit hours)
  • PUBPOL 790.10 International Energy Systems and Sust. Development (3 credit hours)
  • PUBPOL 811 Microeconomics: Policy Applications

Other courses that address legal, political, or economic subjects may also qualify for this category.

Tools Courses (9 credit hours)
All students are required to take the following two courses (preferably in their first semester):
ENVIRON 710 Applied Data Analysis for Environ Science (3 credit hours, fall)
ENVIRON 716 Modeling for Energy Systems (3 credit hours, fall)

In addition, students are required to take at least one of the following courses:

  • DECISION 614 Forecasting (3 credit hours)
  • EGRMGMT 530 Finance in High Tech Industries (3 credit hours)
  • EGRMGMT 532 Adv Corporate Finance for Technology Based Companies (3 credit hours)
  • EGRMGMT 560 Project Management (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 620 Energy Finance (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYENV 626 Modeling and Analysis for Env Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 531 Econ Analysis of Resource and Environmental Policies (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 532 Evaluation of Public Expenditures (3 credit hours) 
  • ENVIRON 557 Social Sci. Surveys for Environ. Mgmt. (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 559 Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis (4 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 638 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 658 Applied Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 755 Community Based Environmental Management (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 827 Principles of Management (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 832 Environmental Decision Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 850 Program Evaluation of Environ. Policies (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 852 Spatial Analysis for Ecologists (3 credit hours) 
  • ENVIRON 858 Multivariate Analysis for Ecologists (3 credit hours)
  • EOS 540 Intro to Modeling in the Earth Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • PUBPOL 811 Microeconomics: Policy Applications (3 credit hours)
  • PUBPOL 813 Quantitative Evaluation Methods (3 credit hours)

Other courses that provide experience with analytical tools and decision frameworks may also qualify for this category.

Energy Electives (6 credit hours)
Offerings may change, depending on instructor availability and student interest.  See http://energy.duke.edu/education/energy-courses for a listing of current energy-related classes.  Note that many of the energy-related courses at Duke have an ENERGY cross-listing in ACES.  Students may count up to 3 one-credit hour courses towards the energy elective requirement.

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

  • ENERGY 590 Applied Energy Economics (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 620 Energy Finance (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 727 Energy Law (3 credit hours)
  • ENERGY 790.02 Renewables and the World’s Poor (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENRGYEGR 490-04 Modern Power Systems (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYENV 625 Energy, Markets, and Innovation (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYENV 626 Modeling and Analysis for Env Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • ENRGYENV 627 Business Strategy for Sustainability
  • ENRGYENV 898 EDGE Seminar Series
  • ENVIRON 552 Climate and Society (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 559 Fundamentals of GIS and Geospatial Analysis (4 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 583 Energy and US National Security (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 590.37 Sustainable Cities and Urban Design (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 590.51 Petroleum Exploration (1 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 593.12 Energy of Geopolitics (1 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 603 Air Quality I: Sources, Fate, and Transport (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 604 Air Quality II: Human Exposure and Health (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 630 Transportation and Energy (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 638 Environmental Life Cycle Assessment (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 640 Climate Change Economics & Policy (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 713A Clean Energy: California Field Trip (1 credit hour)
  • ENVIRON 715 Understanding Energy Models and Modeling (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 717 Markets for Electric Power (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 762 Environmental Megatrends (1.5 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 811 Sustainable Systems Theory and Drivers (3 credit hours)
  • ENVIRON 830 Building Energy on Campus (3 credit hours)

Other courses that address energy technology, science, policy, and economics may also qualify for this category with academic advisor approval.

Free Electives (10-12 credit hours)
Students may select any additional courses that satisfy the guidelines set by the Nicholas School. Many EE students opt to take additional energy electives to fulfill their MEM program credit hours requirements.