Energy & Sustainability

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Energy & Sustainability
Spring 2024
Taught By: Bhawani Venkataraman
Section: A

CRN: 14747

Credits: 4

This interdisciplinary course explores why society relies on a fossil-fuel-based economy, the pros and cons of fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, and what it may take to transition to cleaner energy sources. These issues are explored using perspectives from chemistry and physics. The course discusses what energy is, why we need it, and the consequential impact of energy use, including the nexus of energy, air pollution, climate change, and social justice. Readings include newspaper articles, research reports, and secondary research articles. Assignments include responses to discussion questions, quantitative problems that explore energy-related issues, and a midterm. The course culminates in a research project that investigates an aspect of what it may take to realize a just transition to a decarbonized energy system for the US. This course is required for the Interdisciplinary Science major and minor, satisfies the Natural Sciences subject area for the Environmental Studies major and satisfies the "subject by subject" course requirement for the Journalism + Design major.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Natural Sciences & Mathematics (NSM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:12am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 464
Date Range: 1/22/2024 - 5/13/2024