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Course Descriptions

ESC

ESC 132 Orientation Seminar (1)
One hour of lecture or discussion each week. Introduction to campus facilities, personnel, lower-division curriculum and upper-division study options within the Environmental Science program. Fall.

ESC 296 Special Topics in Environmental Science (1 - 3)
One to three hours of class meetings per week. Special topics of current interest to lower-division undergraduate students in environmental science. A detailed course subject description will be presented as a topic area is identified and developed. Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ESC 325 Energy Systems (3)
Three hours of lecture per week. An interdisciplinary overview of human-dominated energy systems. Topics include traditional extractive approaches, sustainable energy systems, energy return on investment, thermodynamics, energy flow analysis, resource supply, utilization rates, and environmental issues. Students are introduced to the multiple disciplines required to evolve more sustainable systems. A full-day field trip. Fall.
Prerequisites: EFB 120, FCH 150, and PHY 211. Note: Credit will not be granted for both ESC 325 and ESC 525.

ESC 422 Energy Markets and Regulation (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion per week concerning markets and regulation of energy. Topics include: the economics of energy markets, industry restructuring, and the development of markets for energy efficiency and renewable power. The role and impacts of energy regulation on markets will also be examined. Fall.
Prerequisite: ESC 325. Note: Credit will not be granted for both ESC 422 and ESC 622.

ESC 450 Renewable Energy Capstone Planning (1)
One-hour group meeting every two weeks. This course will afford the student an opportunity to select a topic, in conjunction with the instructor, for detailed investigation in Capstone II. Each student will work individually with the instructor to arrive at a feasible project. Fall.
Prerequisites: ESC 325 and ESC 335. Co-requisite: ESC 422.

ESC 525 Energy Systems (3)
Thee hours of lecture per week. An interdisciplinary overview of human-dominated energy systems. Topics include traditional extractive approaches, sustainable energy systems, energy return on investment, thermodynamics, energy flow analysis, resource supply, utilization rates, and environmental issues. Students are introduced to the multiple disciplines to evolve more sustainable systems. A full-day field trip. Fall.
Prerequisites: EFB 120, FCH 150, PHY 211 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both ESC 325 and ESC 525.

ESC 622 Energy Markets and Regulation (3)
Three hours of lecture/discussion per week concerning markets and regulation of energy. Topics include: the economics of energy markets, industry restructuring, and the development of markets for energy efficiency and renewable power. The role and impacts of energy regulation on markets will also be examined. Fall.
Prerequisites: ESC 325 or equivalent or permission of instructor. Note: Credit will not be granted for both ESC 422 and ESC 622.


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