Our interdisciplinary program is open to students in any UW-Madison graduate degree program. Through classes, team projects, and extracurricular opportunities, students will engage with technical, economic, political, and social factors that shape energy policy formulation and decision-making. We examine current topics in energy resources, energy market structures and practices, traditional public utilities, energy technology, energy and environmental linkages, energy and environmental policy, and energy services. The curriculum acquaints students with relevant skills, including: quantitative analysis of energy issues, technology assessment, life-cycle analysis, business analysis, and environmental quality assessment.
EAP is not available as a stand-alone graduate degree. If students want an education focused only on EAP classes, the Nelson Institute's Environment and Resources (MS or PhD) program provides complete curriculum overlap with the EAP certificate.
ELIGIBILITY AND PREREQUISITES
EAP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW-Madison. Generally, applicants to EAP should have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following subjects:
- one college course in physical science (physics or chemistry)
- one college course in natural science (biology, environmental, geology or atmospheric and oceanic)
- one college course in economics
- one additional course in social sciences or humanities
- one college course in calculus or statistics
Occasionally, students lacking some of the prerequisites are admitted to the program, and the EAP Faculty Committee recommends courses to compensate for deficiencies.
Each EAP student must complete six courses (18 credits) including:
- an introductory course on energy analysis
- one course each in energy policy, energy economics and business, energy technology, and environmental studies
- and a capstone group project for a real client
By entering EAP early in their graduate studies and planning carefully, students can select courses that satisfy both their degree programs and EAP requirements. Students may select courses from the list below to satisfy the requirements. Each semester, EAP provides a list of course offerings for the upcoming semester (PDF).
Students may select courses from the list below to satisfy the requirements. Each semester, EAP provides a list of course offerings for the upcoming semester (PDF).
- EnvSt/URPL/PubAff 809, Introduction to Energy Analysis and Policy (Nemet, Fall)
- EnvSt/URPL/PubAff 810, Capstone Seminar (Staff, Spring)
- Geol 411, Energy Resources (Carroll, Fall)
- NEEP 571, Econ and Environ Aspects of Nuclear Energy (Corradini/Wilson, Spring)
- BSE/EnvSt 367, Renewable Energy Systems (Reinemann, Fall & Spring & Summer)
- ME/ChE 567, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes (Klein, Fall)
- ECE 356, Electric Power for Renewable Energy Systems (Fall)
- CBE 562, Energy and Sustainability (Fall)
- BSE 460, Biorefining-Energy/Products- Renewable Resources (Spring)
- MSE 401 Materials for Harnessing Energy (Fall)
- CEE 639 Wind Energy Site/Design (Fall)
Energy Economics and Business
- AAE/Econ/EnvSt/TranPU/URPL 671, Energy Economics (Shaten/Du, Fall & Spring)
- AAE/Econ/PubAff 881, Benefit Cost Analysis (Fall)
- AAE 760, Dynamic Natural Resource Economics (Spring)
- AAE 873/375, Climate Change Economics (Spring)
- Agronomy 375, Bioengineering and Sustainability (Fall)
- AAE 531, Natural Resource Economics (Spring)
- EnvSt/PubAff 866, Global Environmental Governance (Nemet, Spring)
- EnvSt 402, Introduction to Air Quality(Holloway, Fall)
- URPL/EnvSt 449, Government and Natural Resources (Summer)
- Law 837, Regulated Industries: Energy (Spring)
- URPL 821, Resource Policy Issues (Spring)
- Agronomy 875, Agroecosystems and Global Change (Fall)
- EnvSt/AOS 535, Atmospheric Dispersion & Air Pollution (Fall)
- Envir St/Prev Med 502, Air Pollution and Human Health (Fall)
- CEE423/ME466, Air Pollution Effects (Spring)
- PopH/EnvSt 740, Health Impacts of Global Environ Changes (Spring)
These courses may compensate for deficiencies in program prerequisites.
- AAE/Econ/Envir St 343 Environmental Economics
- AOS/EnvSt/Physics 472, Scientific Background for Global Environmental Problems
- AAE 431, Natural Resource Economics
- Envir St/Forest/WL Ecol 515 Renewable Resources Policy
EAP students are expected to develop a study plan during their first semester, indicating which courses they expect to take. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in their six EAP courses, with a minimum grade of BC in any one course.
Application materials should be sent via email attachment to:
Richard Shaten, EAP Academic Coordinator
Room 70 Science Hall
550 North Park St.
Madison, WI 53706
Students accepted into the program should receive email notification within 3 weeks of the receipt of their completed application. Upon acceptance, new EAP students will be added to the EAP listserve. The listserve is the primary vehicle for communications among members of the EAP community: students, faculty and staff.