Full course description

Course Date:

Started on Oct 2, 2017

Duration:

Ongoing

Commitment:

3 hrs/week

Requirement:

None

Course Type:

Self-paced

Credential:

None

Description

This course is part of the Introduction to Environmental Science open course series.


Energy and Earth: Fossil Fuels, Alternative, and Renewable Energy is part of the Introduction to Environmental Science open course series. This course explores the production and use of energy by humans and its impact on the environment, human health and Earth’s ecosystems. We examine both nonrenewable and renewable sources of energy as well as ways that science and engineering have helped advance more sustainable energy technologies. We will discuss some of the consequences of using fossil fuels, such as climate change, air and water pollution, and human health. We will also explore alternative energy sources such as nuclear fission, hydrogen fuel cells, wind turbines, solar power and geothermal power plants.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Define energy return on energy investment and be able to compare various types of energy using this metric.
  • Identify the environmental problems associated with coal ash waste ponds.
  • Describe the history of atmospheric carbon dioxide over the past 800,000 years and identify how these concentrations are measured.
  • Describe how humans mine and extract oil.
  • Describe the fate and impact of plastic products.
  • Describe the mechanisms for various alternative & renewable energy sources including: solar cells, geothermal, wind, hydro, and more; how they generate electricity; and their advantages and disadvantages .

Target Audience: Undergraduate students and those with an interest in understanding the environment and climates of Earth a bit more.


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Course is offered by The Ohio State University Global One Health Initiative

Course Instructors

Brian Lower

Brian Lower

Lead Instructor

Brian Lower has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 2008. Read More.

He earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from Kent State University in 1995 and a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 2001. His research interests are in biochemistry and microbiology and his work has been funded by the U.S. NSF and DOE.

Steven Lower

Steven Lower

Lead Instructor

Steven Lower has been a professor at The Ohio State University since 2003. Read More.

He earned a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences and Conservation from Kent State University in 1994, a M.S. degree in Geochemistry from KSU in 1996 and a Ph.D. degree in Geomicrobiology from Virginia Tech in 2001. His research interests are in microbiology and geochemistry and his work has been funded by the U.S. NSF, NIH and DOE.

Kylienne Shaul

Kylienne Shaul

Instructor

Kylienne is an instructor and instructional designer in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Read More.

After receiving her M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources from The Ohio State University in 2014, Kylienne became involved in online curriculum development. She currently works with Ohio State faculty and staff to teach and develop rigorous online courses on a number of environmental topics. In addition to her work in environmental education, Kylienne also volunteers as a citizen scientist with the local watershed group, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW).

Ella Weaver

Ella Weaver

Instructor

Ella serves as the teaching associate for the course in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and assists in the day to day maintenance of the course. Read More.

Ella graduated with a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University in 2016.