E-PSCI 109. Earth Resources and the Environment

An overview of the Earth's energy and material resources, including conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons, nuclear fuels, alternative/renewable energy resources, metals, and other industrial materials. The course emphasizes the geologic and environmental factors that dictate the availability of these resources, the methods used to identify and exploit them, and the environmental impacts of these operations. Topics include: coal and acid rain; petroleum exploration, drilling, and production, shale gas/oil, photochemical smog, and oil spills; nuclear power and radioactive hazards; alternative energies (solar, hydroelectric, tidal, geothermal power), metals and mining.

Note: Course includes three hours of laboratory work each week and three field trips. EPS 109 is also offered as ESE 109. Students may not take both for credit. Undergraduate engineering students should enroll in ESE 109. This course fulfills the EPS sub-discipline requirement of Oceans and Atmosphere(s). This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of the Physical Universe. Given in alternate years. Likely to be offered in Spring 2021. 

Prerequisite: EPS 21, ES 6, EPS 22, an equivalent course, or permission of the instructor.









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Earth and Planetary Sciences

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