EGEE 401
Energy in a Changing World

Welcome to EGEE 401!


Quick Facts about EGEE 401

  • Instructor: Edwin Pinero
  • Overview: EGEE 401 is a required course in Penn State's online Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy, Bachelor of Science in Energy and Sustainability Policy and Masters of Education in Earth Sciences. This course evaluates the existing energy infrastructure and energy/fuel use, both domestic and international, along with evolving technologies, implementation and challenges in meeting energy demands in a carbon constrained world. Students will understand the interrelationships between legislative, technology, environmental, and international factors associated with energy production, processing, distribution, and utilization.
  • Learning Environment: This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu at left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. Canvas, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course, as well as to provide the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
  • Topics of Study: There are 11 lessons, divided into 5 units of study, which will be completed at a rate of 1 lesson per week, followed by one Capstone Project. Assignments will be in the form of Lesson Activities (based on assigned reading for each lesson and utilizing models and data from a range of sources), Discussion Forums (lively discussion of questions involving personal opinion and original thinking), and a Capstone Project. Due dates for all assignments are posted on the course calendar in Canvas.
    • Unit 1—Energy Principles
      • Lesson 1: Energy Concepts
      • Lesson 2: Energy Transformations
    • Unit 2—Environmental Challenges
      • Lesson 3: Climate Change: Current and Projected Impacts
      • Lesson 4: Processes of Climate Change
    • Unit 3—International Electricity: Generation, Use and Growth
      • Lesson 5: Electricity Demand and Management
      • Lesson 6: Electricity Energy Sources: Non-Renewable
      • Lesson 7: Electricity Energy Sources: Renewable
    • Unit 4—Transportation Fuel Use and Challenges
      • Lesson 8: Transportation Fuels: Non-Renewable
      • Lesson 9: Transportation Fuels: Renewable
    • Unit 5—Environmental Solutions: Technical and Legislative Approaches
      • Lesson 10: Assessment and Technical Solutions
      • Lesson 11: Legislative and Policy Approaches
    • Capstone Project
      • Lesson 12: Capstone Project


This course is offered as part of the Open Educational Resources initiative of Penn State's John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. You are welcome to use and reuse materials that appear in this site (other than those copyrighted by others) subject to the licensing agreement linked to the bottom of this and every page.

Students who register for this Penn State course gain access to assignments and instructor feedback, and earn academic credit. Information about Penn State's Energy and Sustainability Policy Bachelor's program is available at the ESP Program Office Homepage.