Energy Studies

Program director: Michael Oristaglio;

Energy Studies Multidisciplinary Academic Program

Energy Studies is one of four multidisciplinary academic programs in Yale College. The curriculum is designed to provide select undergraduates with the broad knowledge and skills needed for advanced studies, leadership, and success in energy-related fields. The course of study is divided into three tracks—Energy Science and Technology, Energy and Environment, and Energy and Society—and requires the completion of two courses in each of the three tracks, plus a senior capstone project, which can be done through independent study, a summer internship, or a senior project in the student's major. The Senior Capstone Seminar, ENRG 400, offered in the spring term, allows students to complete the capstone in a credited Yale College course.

Admission to the Energy Studies Undergraduate Scholars program is by application in the fall term of sophomore year. Energy Studies Scholars must complete the requirements of a Yale College major. Yale College does not offer a major in energy studies. For additional information, visit the program website.

Credit/D/Fail Only one course taken Credit/D/Fail or one independent study course graded Pass/Fail may be counted toward the program.


Prerequisites None

Number of courses 6 term courses 

Distribution of courses At least two courses in each of the three tracks of Energy Studies listed above, and no more than two required courses from a student's major can be used to satisfy the six-course requirement 

Senior requirement  Senior capstone project, as indicated