Science in the Heart of Appalachia

During this course you will explore the science underlying the formation, extraction and utilization of coal within the context of coal-based societal issues. The course will emphasize active, student-centered learning. Topics include the formation of different coal types, why coal is such an excellent source of energy, acid mine drainage, environmental pollution, human health issues, and the future of new coal technologies. You will investigate the important, intractable social problems of nonrenewable resource depletion, mountaintop removal-valley fills and public health. You will be challenged to examine your role as a citizen and energy consumer in finding equitable solutions to these and other issues.