Minor/Certificate in Sustainability — Courses

Summer 2018 Curriculum

(Note: The 2019 curriculum will be posted by November 2018 and will include expanded and online course offerings.)

ERG’s minor and certificate require the same 16 total units of coursework, which can be completed in either one or two summers. UC Berkeley undergraduates may elect to take Energy and Society (ENERES C100 or PUBPOL C184) either in the summer or the fall. All other courses will be offered during the summer only and are unique to summer. Information about instructors in available by visiting our Summer Instructors page.

Required Sessions:

Session B: June 4 – August 10
Session C: June 18 – August 10
Session D: July 2 – August 10

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Summer courses may also be viewed on the UC Berkeley Course Catalog and Class Schedule.

  • Energy and Society (4 units – 10 weeks)
    ENERES C100/PUBPOL C184 (course #14989)
    Instructor: Amber Kerr
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12-1:30 PM in Session B, June 4-Aug 10 (with discussion section Tuesday or Thursday, 9:30-11 AM)
    Offered in summer and fall — you may complete this course before or after your summer session if you are a UC Berkeley student.

    • This course is designed to provide you with the methods, tools and perspectives to understand, critique, and ultimately influence the management of technical, economic, and policy choices regarding the options for energy generation and use. We will focus equally on the technical, socioeconomic, political, and environmental impacts of energy.
  • Economics of Climate Change (3 units – 8 weeks)
    ENERES N176 (course #15082)
    Instructor: Samuel Evans
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10 AM-12 PM in Session C, June 18-Aug 10
    Offered in summer only (alternate years with Ecological Economics).

    • 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. This course will introduce students to these arguments and equip them with the tools to participate in discussions of climate change policy through an economic lens.
  • Ecology and Society (3 units – 8 weeks)
    ENERES 101 (course #14395)
    Instructor: Amber Kerr
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2-4 PM in Session C, June 18-Aug 10
    Offered in summer only. 

    • This course introduces students to the many ways in which our lives are intertwined with the ecosystems around us. Topics 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.
  • Environmental Classics (3 units – 6 weeks)
    ENERES 170 (course #15083)
    Instructor: Thomas Powell
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4-6 PM in Session D, July 2-Aug 10
    Offered in summer only. 

    • What is the history and evolution of environmental thinking and writing? How have certain ‘environmental classics’ shaped the way in which we think about nature, society and progress? What is their relevance today? This course will use books and papers from the last 6 decades that have had a profound impact on academic and wider public thinking — primarily in the USA — about the environment and society in historical context.
  • California Water (3 units – 6 weeks)
    ENERES 190 (listed as Seminar in Energy, Environment, Development and Security Issues, course #14995)
    Instructor: Julian Fulton
    Tuesday, Thursday 12-4 PM in Session D, July 2-Aug 10
    Offered in summer only. 

    • The story of water development in California provides compelling examples of water politics, the social and environmental consequences of redistributing water, and the relationships between water uses, energy, and climate. This course provides the historical, scientific, legal, institutional, and economic background needed to understand the social and ecological challenges of providing water for California’s growing population, agricultural economy, and other uses – all of which are made more complex by climate change.







* For California Water, class time will include breaks and field trips. This course is listed on the course catalog as “Seminar in Energy, Environment, Development and Security Issues.”

If you do not choose to complete the minor or certificate but wish to take individual ERG summer courses, you may enroll through Cal Central (for UC Berkeley students) or the visiting Student Portal (for summer-only students).

Please contact Energy and Resources Group with any further questions or concerns:

310 Barrows Hall