(3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.
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This course presents an overview of nonrenewable and renewable energy resources. Energy resources derived from the earth provide the majority of our energy needs. These resources include fossil fuels (petroleum, natural gas and coal) and radioactive ores used to generate nuclear power. Nonrenewable energy resources are finite and may be used up in the future. Extraction of these geologic materials can result in negative environmental impacts if careful management strategies are not employed. Energy needs for our industrial economy may be met using both renewable and alternative energy sources, which include hydro power, solar power, geothermal power, biomass and wind power. Alternative fuels may be used in the transportation sector. Other course topics include energy conservation, air pollution, energy and sustainable development and energy and global climate change.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to: