Energy in the 21st Century

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the sciences and the issues related to energy production and use.  It also explores alternatives to current energy technology.

Content and Topics

Unit conversions; forces, work, energy, and power; the laws of thermodynamics; energy sources (including fossil fuels, renewable energies, and nuclear energy); energy consumption; social, environmental, and economic impacts of energy use.

Goals and Objectives
  1. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the scientific principles and technical issues relating to energy production and use, including fossil fuel-based and renewable technologies.
  2. Increase quantitative reasoning skills in the context of energy.
  3. Develop and demonstrate an understanding of the socio-economic impacts of energy related decisions.
  4. Instill an awareness of stewardship responsibilities as they relate to energy issues, and identify actions that individuals and communities can take to address energy issues.
  5. Develop and demonstrate skills in critical thinking and communication.
Course Requirements

Group and classroom discussions, reading quizzes, homework assignments, and exams.  

Course Prerequisites
  • Completion of FDSCI101 with a D- or higher
  • Completion of FDENG101 with a D- or higher
  • Completion of FDMAT108 with a D- or higher
Semesters Taught

Winter Spring Fall

Course Lead

Kevin Kelley
Kevin Kelley