Course Description

Energy and the Environment, GEL 018V

Lecture —3 hours. Conventional and alternative energy resources and their environmental impacts. Basic principles, historical development, current advantages and disadvantages, future prospects. Oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, geothermal, water, tidal, solar, hydrogen, and other sources of energy for the 21st century.

Key Information

Credit: 3 quarter units / 2 semester units credit
UC Davis, Geology

Course Credit:

All online courses will earn UC unit credit, upon successful completion of the course. Some courses have been approved for GE, major preparation, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus. If only unit credit is provided, please take this printout with the course syllabus to your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs to determine if the course applies to your major or fulfills GE requirements.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: Science and Engineering, science literacy, writing experience

UC Irvine:
Unit Credit

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Physical Sciences (No Lab)

UC Merced:
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
General Education: GEO Elective Units

UC San Diego:
Unit Credit

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

Prerequisites

None

Course Fees

None

More About The Course

This course has been designed to take advantage of the pedagogical opportunities provided by an on-line learning environment. Basic information about energy resources and the environment will be provided in short taped lectures. After viewing this material, students will participate in an on-line webinar where the latest developments relating to each energy resource will be presented and discussed. A separate active synchronous session will be used to provide students with an opportunity to interact directly with the instructor as well as to gain experience in researching topics related to the course, writing short papers, reviewing other people’s work, working in teams and making oral presentations.

Course Creator

Kenneth Verosub
Prof. Verosub is Distinguished Professor in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He was trained as a physicist but has spent most of his academic career as a geophysicist, using the magnetic properties of sediments and soils as tracers of paleoclimatic and other paleoenvironmental processes. He is also currently studying volcanic eruptions that have caused global cooling, the use of satellite imagery to determine river flows, the movement of freshwater at depths in the Earth's crust and the relationship between wine and geology (terroir) . At UC Davis, Prof. Verosub has taught Introductory Geology, Natural Hazards, Environmental Geology, Geophysics, Planetary Geology, and Non-Renewable Resources. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Italy, France, Russia and Israel. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he served as a Senior Science Advisor in the United States Department of State, where he worked on the impacts of global climate change on developing countries and on issues related to water and energy. He continues to work with the State Department on water issues and also advises the World Bank on matters relating to the identification of geologic hazards and the development of plans to deal with them. His various international activities allow him to teach his courses, including this one, with a global perspective. Prof. Verosub is Distinguished Professor in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He was trained as a physicist but has spent most of his academic career as a geophysicist, using the magnetic properties of sediments and soils as tracers of paleoclimatic and other paleoenvironmental processes. He is also currently studying volcanic eruptions that have caused global cooling, ...

Prof. Verosub is Distinguished Professor in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. He was trained as a physicist but has spent most of his academic career as a geophysicist, using the magnetic properties of sediments and soils as tracers of paleoclimatic and other paleoenvironmental processes. He is also currently studying volcanic eruptions that have caused global cooling, the use of satellite imagery to determine river flows, the movement of freshwater at depths in the Earth's crust and the relationship between wine and geology (terroir) . At UC Davis, Prof. Verosub has taught Introductory Geology, Natural Hazards, Environmental Geology, Geophysics, Planetary Geology, and Non-Renewable Resources. He has also been a visiting professor at universities in Italy, France, Russia and Israel. During the 2009-2010 academic year, he served as a Senior Science Advisor in the United States Department of State, where he worked on the impacts of global climate change on developing countries and on issues related to water and energy. He continues to work with the State Department on water issues and also advises the World Bank on matters relating to the identification of geologic hazards and the development of plans to deal with them. His various international activities allow him to teach his courses, including this one, with a global perspective.

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