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Energy 701
Refining Crude Oil

Energy 701: Refining Crude Oil

Course Description

This course is the first in a series of courses about oil refining and natural gas production.

In this course, you will see the four primary processes refineries use to separate crude oil molecules by size, and to change the size or shape of crude oil molecules. These refined molecules are used to produce gasoline and other products.


After taking this course, you will be able to recognize the purpose and characteristics of each of the four primary processes refineries use to separate molecules by size and change the size and shape of crude oil molecules.

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This course has these features and more.

  • Multimedia
  • Narration
  • Interactivity
  • Easy navigation
  • Supplementary material
  • Real-world scenarios
  • Objective-based exam


In order to successfully complete this course, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Complete the required laboratory exercise.
  • Successfully complete the lesson exam.
  • Complete the end-of-course survey.

Approximate Course Length

30 minutes