Sustainable & Fossil Energy


Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options and Consequences 

June 12 - July 2, 2015 
3 credits




Students will be introduced to the scientific concepts, environmental consequences and policy implications of various sustainable and fossil energy sources. The course will begin with an introduction to the scientific principles and terminology of the energy and environmental fields. Students will then gain a deeper understanding of the topic through extensive site visits in Wyoming and Idaho that trace the fuel cycles from the mining of raw materials through the production of energy and its distribution. Non-renewable energy facilities that will be visited include a uranium mine, coal mine, gas field, oil refinery, power plant and nuclear reactor. Renewable energy facilities that will be visited include a hydroelectric generation station, a run-of-river generation station, a wind farm and a solar photovoltaic facility. Students will also study some of the ecological consequences of energy options and discuss principles of carbon sequestration. Finally, students will engage in hands-on experiments using alternate energy systems at Camp Davis and discuss aspects of energy politics and policy at the local and national levels. This course is offered in partnership between the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.

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Prof. Adam Simon U of M E&ES,  Mike Shriberg U of M GESI & PITE


Successful completion of college level course in science, math or another closely related subject.


Satisfies PITE field experience requirement. For a full list of requirements this course fulfills please click here.

Fees and Tuition

Fees:  Room/Board/Transportation $650 (tentative)

Tuition: Tuition for three U-M credits and course fees must be paid directly to the University of Michigan and will be billed on or before June 30th, 2015. Guest students are charged upper division rates. Up to date tuition rates can be found at the U of M Registrar website. Departmental Financial Aid to help offset tuition cost is available for all qualified University of Michigan students. Please direct any questions to or call 734.615.8600.


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Summer 2015 Application

To apply to the Camp Davis Program, click the link above and fill out the Application. You may be asked for recommendation letter from a current or former faculty member.

Acceptance into EARTH 344 requires evaluation by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute.