ENERG 105 - Intro to Energy & Society

An interdisciplinary examination of energy in modern society. Cheap fossil fuels drove the industrial revolution and modernized the lifestyles of billions; yet, their usage has high social, environmental, and economic costs. Students examine the history of energy use, measurements of energy, personal and global energy consumption, energy sources (non-renewable and renewable), consequences of burning fossil fuels, economics of energy, energy policy, and the geopolitics of energy. Projects and discussions focus on utilizing fossil fuels as society transitions toward sustainable energy sources to counteract the effects of climate change and to address society's ever-increasing energy demand. Prerequisite: none Distribution requirements: QR, SB
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