Curriculum

EAP Professor Greg Nemet (left) and former EAP student Rohan Rao (right). Photo from the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Our interdisciplinary program is open to students in nearly 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

EAP welcomes applications from students in any graduate degree program at UW-Madison that allows students to pursue a certificate or PhD minor. Students may apply to the EAP program concurrently with their graduate school application or once they have matriculated at UW-Madison. Acceptance into EAP is contingent on enrollment in a graduate degree program.

While there are no prerequisites to the program, it is recommended that EAP applicants have completed at least one college-level course in each of the following five subject areas: physical science (physics or chemistry); natural science (biology, environmental, geology or atmospheric and oceanic); economics; social sciences or humanities (besides economics); and calculus or statistics.

REQUIREMENTS

Each EAP student must complete six courses (18 credits) including:

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Introductory Course on Energy Analysis and Policy (Required - 3 credits)

Required Course:

Students in this course are introduced to the units, language and methodologies essential for analysis of energy issues. 809 also provides an opportunity to form a cohort with other EAP students, especially those who are outside of the student’s primary discipline. It is strongly recommended, though not required, that EAP students take this course before other EAP courses. 

Energy Policy (Choose 1 course - 3 credits)

Regularly offered courses in this category:

Other courses may qualify. See Course Offerings below for lists of approved courses from the most recent semesters.

Energy Economics & Business (Choose 1 course - 3 credits)

Regularly offered courses in this category:

Other courses may qualify. See Course Offerings below for lists of approved courses from the most recent semesters.

Energy Technology and Resources (Choose 1 course - 3 credits)

Regularly offered courses in this category:

Other courses may qualify. See Course Offerings below for lists of approved courses from the most recent semesters.

Energy and Environment (Choose 1 course - 3 credits)

Regularly offered courses in this category:

Other courses may qualify. See Course Offerings below for lists of approved courses from the most recent semesters.

Capstone Seminar (Required - 3 credits)

Required Course:

Under the supervision of an EAP Faculty member, EAP students form teams and choose an energy-related project meeting the following criteria:

  1. There must be a “real-life” client (e.g. a non-profit organization, company, or public institution)
  2. The quality of the analysis satisfies the supervising faculty member
  3. The students present their analysis to this client

Learn more details and see past capstone summaries here.

Optional: EAP Program Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to bring together EAP students, faculty, and industry professionals to discuss professional skills in energy analysis and policy and facilitate networking between students and industry.

COURSE OFFERINGS

A variety of faculty across the UW-Madison campus teach classes that can be used to satisfy EAP requirements. Because the scheduling of these classes is coordinated with the needs of their home departments, EAP cannot guarantee that specific classes will always be offered at specific times or rotations. However, there is a list of pre-approved classes that have been offered at a level of regularity. Each semester the EAP Academic Coordinator distributes (via the EAP listserv and on this webpage) a list of specific course offerings for the upcoming semester.

SATISFACTORY PROGRESS

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.

Click here to apply. For more information, contact program coordinator Scott Williams.

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 listserv. The listserv is the primary vehicle for communications among members of the EAP community: students, faculty and staff.

 

 

 

The EAP program is part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, partnered with the Wisconsin Energy Institute