EPIC is not a degree granting institution, but we are pleased to highlight a wide range of energy-related courses offered by the University of Chicago. Be advised that not all courses are offered each year in the quarter for which they are listed; students should check with individual departments to verify course schedules.
This course presents the science behind the forecast of global warming to enable the student to evaluate the likelihood and potential severity of anthropogenic climate change in the coming centuries.
In nearly four decades of reform and opening policies, China's economic achievements have come at a high cost for its ecological environment; air pollution, water pollution, and soil contamination, among other problems, are facts of life for most Chinese citizens. In addition, China is now the world's biggest emitter of carbon dioxide and has recently acknowledged its contributions to global warming and the need for drastic mitigation of greenhouse gases.
Many of the toughest ethical and political challenges confronting the world today are related to environmental issues: for example, climate change, loss of biodiversity, the unsustainable use of natural resources, pollution, and other threats to the well-being of both present and future generations. Using both classic and contemporary works, this course will highlight some of the fundamental and unavoidable philosophical questions presented by such environmental issues.
Is Development Sustainable? is an undergraduate seminar for students with or without a background in environmental or development issues. Its aim is to grapple with the theory, concepts and practices of sustainable development.
This course will cover the chemistry of alternative energy technologies and the potential for science to provide climate change solutions.
Focusing primarily on electric power, this course will introduce students to energy economics and the principles and administration of public utility regulation.
This course explores cutting-edge solutions to today's interrelated challenges of decarbonizing the economy, reversing the obesity epidemic, and replacing sprawl.
Humans have evolved unique capabilities for transforming their environment rather than adapting to it; in doing so we pass along the costs of improving their circumstances to the environment and future generations. This pattern has accelerated enormously during the past 200 years.