Please note: This is a full list of ERG course offerings; not all courses are offered each term. For current course offerings, please refer to the online Schedule of Classes.
ER 98/198 — Energy DeCal
Daniel Kammen (Instructor of Record); class conducted by undergraduate students
Introduction to energy topics and explore the social, environmental and economic consequences of our carbon-based economy. Includes guest speakers, article presentations, projects, discussions, and films to explore the energy cycle; tracing its origins, distribution, consumption and waste.
ER C100 /C200 – Energy and Society
You will develop an understanding – and a real working knowledge – of our energy technologies, policies and options. This will include analysis of the different opportunities and impacts of energy systems that exist within and between groups defined by national, regional, household, ethnic, and gender distinctions. Analysis of the range of current and future energy choices will be stressed, as well as the role of energy in determining local environmental conditions and the global climate. ER C100 is open to undergraduates. ER C200 is open to graduate students. Cross-listed with Pub Pol C184/C284.
ER 101 – Ecology and Society
Introduction to the many ways in which our lives are intertwined with the ecosystems around us. Topics will include ecological limits to growth, climate change and other threats to biodiversity, the value of ecosystem goods and services, the ecology of disease, ecotoxicology, the evolution of cooperation in ecosystems, industrial ecology, and the epistemology of ecology. Prerequisites: One college level course, or high school Advanced Placement, in either physics or biology; introductory calculus.
ER 102 – Quantitative Aspects of Global Environmental Problems
Human disruption of biogeochemical and hydrological cycles; causes and consequences of climate change and acid deposition; transport and health impacts of pollutants; loss of species; radioactivity in the environment; epidemics.
ER 175/275 – Water and Development
Introduction to water policy in developing countries. It is a course motivated by the fact that over one billion people in developing countries have no access to safe drinking water, three billion do not have sanitation facilities, and many millions of small farmers do not have reliable water supplies to ensure a healthy crop. Readings and discussions will cover: the problems of water access and use in developing countries; the potential for technological, social, and economic solutions to these problems; the role of institutions in access to water and sanitation; and the pitfalls of the assumptions behind some of today’s popular “solutions.” ER 175 is open to undergraduates; 275 is open to graduate students.
ER 290 — 001 – Climate Change Economics
This course is a self-contained introduction to the economics of climate change. Climate change is caused by a large variety of economic activities and many of its impacts will have economic consequences. Economists have studied climate change for more than two decades and economic arguments are often powerful in policy decisions. The course will familiarize students with these arguments and equip them with the tools to participate in discussions of climate change policy through an economic lens.
ER C180/280 – Ecological Economics in Historical Context
Isha Ray (Instructor of Record) and Jalel Sager
Cross-listed with Environmental Economics & Policy C180.
Economists through history have explored economic and environmental interactions, physical limits to growth, what constitutes the good life, and how economic justice can be assured. Yet economists continue to use measures and models that simplify these issues and promote bad outcomes. Ecological economics responds to this tension between the desire for simplicity and the multiple perspectives needed to understand complexity in order to move toward sustainable, fulfilling, just economies.
ER 201 – Interdisciplinary Analysis in Energy and Resources
Required for and limited to new ERG Master’s students. Introduction to interdisciplinary analysis as it is practiced in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). Most of the course consists of important perspectives on energy and resources issues introduced through a particularly influential book or set of papers. The course also provides an introduction to the current research activities of the ERG faculty and practical knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete graduate school in an interdisciplinary program.
ER 254 – Electric Power Systems
Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: Physics 7B or 8B or equivalent.
Provides an understanding of concepts in the design and operation of electric power systems, including generation, transmission, and consumption. Covers basic electromechanical physics, reactive power, circuit and load analysis, reliability, planning, dispatch, organizational design, regulations, environment, and end-use efficiency, and new technologies.
ER 273 – Social Science Methods
This course aims to introduce graduate students to the rich diversity of research methods that social scientists have developed for the empirical aspects of their work. Its primary goal is to encourage critical thinking about the research process: how we “know,” how we match research methods to research questions, how we design and conduct our information/data collection, what we assume explicitly and implicitly, and the ethical dilemmas raised by fieldwork-oriented studies.
ER C283 – Information and Communications Technology for Development
Isha Ray and Anna Lee Saxenian
A review of current literature and debates regarding Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD). This is an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented field that draws on insights from economics, sociology, engineering, computer science, management, public health, etc. Cross-listed with School of Information INFO 283.
ER 290 – Alternative Transportation Fuels (Crosslisted with CEE 290 F)
Limited to senior undergraduates and graduate students.
This graduate seminar will provide background information on science, and adaptation and mitigation components of climate change research, explore the magnitude of increase in temperature due to different emissions scenarios, identify energy technologies and forest sector options to reduce emissions, describe the barriers and challenges to marketing the above options, and discuss the role of policies to speed up the deployment of above options in order to limit the temperature increase to 2°C. The class will provide a forum for the development of original written material that challenges current hypotheses, and, ideally, presents alternative theories.
ER 290 – Assessing Building Energy Use and Indoor Environmental Quality (Crosslisted with Arch 249)
Stefano Schiavon and Duncan Callaway
This course will revolve around the energy and indoor environmental quality assessment of buildings on the UC Berkeley campus, making heavy use field measurements, data analysis and surveys. Includes a mix of lectures and field trips to buildings. Topics include heating, cooling, ventilation, energy benchmarking, indirect energy modeling, post occupancy evaluation, indoor environmental quality assessment, and basic economic modeling tools. Evaluation based on homework assignments and one final group project. Limited to senior undergraduates and graduate students. Prereq Arch 140, ER200 or equivalent, plus graduate standing or consent instructors.
ER 290 - 005 — Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: Global Analysis and Regional Response
Larry Dale, Jayant Sathaye and Scott McCreary
This graduate seminar will provide background information on the science, adaptation and mitigation components of climate change research, explore the magnitude of increase in temperature under different emission scenarios, identify energy technologies and forest sector options to reduce emissions, explore the challenges to marketing and advancing these options in the local, state, federal, and international policy arenas to address and respond to climate change. Course modules will address both local issues, including San Francisco Bay and the State’s food and wine industry, and international challenges, including India, China and the role of negotiation in shaping climate change policy and intervention. Ideally, the class will provide a forum for the development of original written material that challenges current hypotheses and suggests alternative theories.
ER 292 A – Master’s Seminar: Tools of the Trade
John Harte (Instructor of Record)
Recommended for Energy and Resources Master’s students in the fall of their first year. Limited to ERG graduate students. Quantitative methods for energy and resource analysis. Topics include linear algebra, differential equations, statistical methods, chemical equilibrium theory and thermodynamics.
ER 292 B – Master’s Seminar
Required for, and limited to, Energy and Resources Master’s candidates in the spring of their first year. Topics include research skills, critical reading and analysis of research papers; development of Master’s project ideas. Human subject research issues, ethics and protocols introduced.
ER 292C – Master’s Seminar
Required of, and limited to, first-year Energy and Resources Master’s students in the fall of their second year. Topics include the adoption of a research project, research design, presentation of work, statistical analyses. Students will apply the interdisciplinary methods, approaches and perspectives learned in the core curriculum.
ER 292D – Master’s Seminar
Required of and limited to second-year Energy and Resources Master’s students in the spring of their second year. Topics include the adoption of a research project, research design, presentation of work, statistical analyses. Students will apply the interdisciplinary methods, approaches and perspectives learned in the core curriculum. Sequence begins spring each year.
ER 295 – ERG Colloquium: Special Topics in Energy and Resources
Duncan Callaway with guest speakers
Presentations of research in energy issues by faculty, students, and visiting lecturers. Master’s degree students required to enroll for two semesters.
ER 296 – Doctoral Seminar
Isha Ray with guest speakers
Presentations of current Ph.D. research. Limited to ERG graduate students.
ER 299 — Independent Research
For information on independent research units with individual faculty members please contact the department at firstname.lastname@example.org.