FIG #14: Clean Energy Transition: Economics and Technology

FIG Pre-registration Fall 2017 is now closed. Please contact Rebecca McLean with any questions at (360)650-6607 or

Cluster Description:
A transition from fossil fuels to a clean, efficient energy system is key to reconciling our economic and environmental imperatives. To understand this challenge, you’ll study the nexus of economic, policy, science and technology questions around energy supply and use. You’ll explore the range of degrees and careers available to graduates with majors and minor in Energy, while completing required prerequisite courses for several energy, economics and business majors. NOTE: Final registration for this FIG will not be complete until the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) has been passed with a score of 45.


Economics 206
Phil Thompson
8:30-9:50 am
Energy 101
Charles Barnhart
2:00-2:50 pm
Seminar 101
Stefanie Cilinceon
12:00-1:50 pm

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Course Descriptions for Clean Energy Transition: Economics and Technology

  • Economics 206, Introduction to Microeconomics, (Phil Thompson) 4cr, SSC, CRN: 42936
    An overview of the modern market economy as a system for dealing with the problem of scarcity. Operation and decision-making of economic units; supply, demand and resource allocation; analysis of various market and industry structures; shortages, controls, social costs and benefits; international trade; comparative systems.
  • Energy 101, Energy and Society, (Charles Barnhart) 3cr, SCI, CRN: 42935
    Modern society is completely dependent on vast amounts of cheap energy, but the costs are high. Will we have enough usable energy for a planet of nine billion people? How do our choices in energy production impact the global and local environment? We will address these and other questions surrounding human energy use and try to understand the science, technology, and policy of energy use in the 21st century.
  • Seminar 101, Seminar for First-Year Students, (Stefanie Cilinceon) 2cr, CRN: 42298
    An introductory seminar offering an exploration of academic content and essential questions within the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Includes embedded instruction in academic skills and use of campus resources pertinent to exploration of the FIG cluster theme. Concludes in a formal paper or academic presentation.

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