Energy Science Courses

 

ENSC 1500 - Introduction to Energy Science I

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
Brief history of human energy use; rudimentary energy concepts and fundamental dimensions; fossil fuels; magnetism and electricity; power plants; and environmental effects of energy production and use. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Meets with PES 1500.

 

ENSC 1510 - Introduction to Energy Science II

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
Brief history of human energy use; rudimentary energy concepts and fundamental dimensions; automobiles; solar energy; wind energy; other alternative energy approaches; environmental effects of energy production and use; and solid waste management. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Meets with PES 1510.

 

ENSC 1600 - Introduction to Solar Energy

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
Brief history of human solar energy use; rudimentary energy concepts and fundamental dimensions; basic physics of the sun; fundamentals of thermal energy transfer and storage; economics and application of solar principles to construction; frequent computer simulation and web activities. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Meets with PES 1600.

 

ENSC 1620 - Solar Energy Laboratory

[1 Credits (Minimum) 1 Credits (Maximum)]
Hands-on lab emphasizing experimental techniques and the scientific method applied to the sun's position and energy output. Both passive and active solar energy systems are modeled. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Prer. or Coreq., ENSC 1600. Meets with PES 1620.

 

ENSC 2500 - Sustainable Energy Fundamentals

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
Past, present, and future of human energy use; rudimentary energy concepts and fundamental dimensions; efficiency of energy conversions; heat transfer; commercial electricity; alternative energy sources; environmental ramifications; energy conservation; computer simulation and web activities. This survey course is designed for science majors and assumes some knowledge of calculus and the physical sciences. Meets with PES 2500.

 

ENSC 3200 - Practical Meteorology

[4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum)]
An introduction to weather elements and meteorological phenomena with emphasis on physical principles and practical applications. Includes weather elements, air masses, clouds, precipitation, storms and other weather systems, weather map analysis, forecasting, weather control and modification, and current developments in the field of meteorology. Local and current weather facilities will be used to relate meteorological principles to actual observations. Approved for LAS Natural Science area requirement. Meets with GES 3200.

 

ENSC 3610 - Solar Energy Design

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
A study of selected design tools for component sizing and performance prediction of active and passive solar thermal systems. Graphic and computer average monthly performance tools and numerical simulation methods will be covered. Meets with PES 3610.

 

ENSC 3650 - Nuclear Energy

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
Nuclear structure, radioisotopes, nuclear reactions, fission, and fusion. Emphasis on nuclear power production and its environmental impact.

 

ENSC 3670 - Exotic Energy Sources

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
A survey of the technology of wind, geothermal, and ocean energy conversion, including climatic aspects,site selection, mechanics of the energy system, legal aspects, and environmental relationships.

 

ENSC 4060 - Introduction to Remote Sensing

[4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum)]
The acquisition and interpretation of environmental and natural resource data by using aerial photography and other imagery. This is a project oriented course which involves the use of various types of photography and analysis techniques. Prer., GES 1000 or GES 1010. Meets with GES 4060 and GES 5060.

 

ENSC 4090 - Image Processing

[4 Credits (Minimum) 4 Credits (Maximum)]
An introduction to the advanced methods of resource analysis using remotely sensed imagery. All relevant portions of the electromagnetic spectrum will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the digital image analysis (by microcomputer) of Landsat data. No previous programming experience required. Prer., ENSC 4060 or GES 4060. Meets with GES 4090 and GES 5090.

 

ENSC 4600 - Advanced Solar Energy

[3 Credits (Minimum) 3 Credits (Maximum)]
Fundamental, technical principles of solar energy. Solar radiation; data and models. Radiative and convective heat transfer. Optical properties of materials. Optical and thermal analysis of flat-plate and concentrating collectors. Analysis of active and passive system performance, including high temperature application. Introduction to photovoltaics. Prer., PES 2130 and MATH 2360. (PES 2500 and 3420 are recommended).