Course Descriptions

ENGY200 – Introduction to Energy (I,II)

Survey of human-produced energy technologies including steam, hydro, fossil (petroleum, coal, and unconventionals), geothermal, wind, solar, biofuels, nuclear, and fuel cells. Current and possible future energy transmission and efficiency. Evaluation of different energy sources in terms of a feasibility matrix of technical, economic, environmental, and political aspects. Prerequisites: PHGN200,SYGN101 or BELS198. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

ENGY310 – Fossil Energy

Survey the various uses and forms of fossil based energy, resources, distribution, and related technologies as well economic, environmental and political impacts. Prerequisite: ENGY200. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

ENGY320 – Renewable Energy (I)

Survey of renewable sources of energy. The basic science behind renewable forms of energy production, technologies for renewable energy storage, distribution, and utilization, production of alternative fuels, intermittency, natural resource utilization, efficiency and cost analysis and environmental impact. Prerequisite ENGY200. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.

EBGN330 – Energy Economics (I,II)

Study of economic theories of optimal resource extraction, market power, market failure, regulation, deregulation, technological change and resource scarcity. Economic tools used to analyze OPEC, energy mergers, natural gas price controls and deregulation, electric utility restructuring, energy taxes, environmental impacts of energy use, government R&D programs, and other energy topics. Prerequisite: EBGN201  . 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

ENGY340 – Nuclear Energy

Survey of nuclear energy including basic physics of radiation and nuclear fission, basic nuclear reactor core design and operation, issues of reactor safety. Nuclear fuel, uranium resources, distribution, and fuel fabrication, conversion and breeding. Nuclear safety, nuclear waste, nuclear weapons and proliferation as well economic, environmental and political impacts of nuclear energy. Prerequisite: ENGY200. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours.

ENGY350 – Introduction to Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy resources and their utilization, based on geoscience and engineering perspectives. Geoscience topics include worldwide occurrences of resources and their classification, heat and mass transfer, geothermal reservoirs, hydrothermal geochemistry, exploration methods, and resource assessment. Engineering topics include thermodynamics of water, power cycles, electricity generation, drilling and well measurements, reservoir-surface engineering, and direct utilization. Economic and environmental considerations and case studies are also presented. Prerequisite: ENGY200. 3 hours lecture, 3 semester hours.

HASS490 – Global Energy Policy / Energy and Society

An interdisciplinary capstone seminar that explores a spectrum of approaches to the understanding, planning, and implementation of energy production and use, including those typical of diverse private and public (national and international) corporations, organizations, states, and agencies. Aspects of global energy policy that may be considered include the historical, social, cultural, economic, ethical, political, and environmental aspects of energy together with comparative methodologies and assessments of diverse forms of energy development as these affect particular communities and societies. Prerequisites: HASS100. Corequisite: HASS200.  Three hours lecture/discussion/seminar; 3 semester hours.