Blown with the wind


Few problems facing humankind today suggest more strongly the need for a global perspective than the interrelated problems of energy, the environment, and sustainability. Understanding the complex and intertwined set of issues surrounding the energy-environment problem requires a high level of student motivation and maturity. Students at CSU are generally eager to learn and well-suited for the give-and-take of a course in which they are expected to participate actively.

Course Content

  • Rules of the game
  • Generation of power
  • Fossil fuels
  • Nuclear power
  • Renewable energies
  • Conservation and Sustainability
  • Environmental impacts

Fossil Fuel Usage

Energy & Sustainability - Spring 2013

This may be your last chance!

A Global Perspective

This course provides an overview of energy use around the world, in the U.S., and in the home. We study global energy and environmental problems from a wide range of perspectives, with emphasis on understanding contemporary issues in energy consumption and its environmental impact. Topics include: fossil fuel use and depletion, nuclear energy and waste disposal; solar, wind, hydroelectric and other renewable sources; home heating; energy storage; fuel cells; and alternative transportation vehicles. It introduces the physical principles and concepts in energy, the environment, and sustainability through an examination of current and potential energy systems, covering extraction, conversion and end-use, with emphasis on meeting regional and global energy needs in the 21st century in a sustainable manner. Examination of energy technologies in each fuel cycle stage for fossil (oil, gas, synthetic), nuclear (fission and fusion) and renewable (solar, biomass, wind, hydro, and geothermal) energy types, along with storage, transmission, disposal and conservation issues. An introduction to the global issues of environment and sustainability for concerned students.

General Information

Course number: PH 180A1 - CRN 21052
Number of credits: 3
Class times: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Class room: Engineering 120
Instructor: Prof. Miguel Mostafá
Contact info: Eng D209, 1-5680,
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
(except during class and when abroad...)

More Information

More information can be found in the syllabus, the flyer, and the brochure. Enjoy!


This course is brought to you by the letter 'Z', the number '9' and by the Physics Department of Colorado State University.

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