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Energy 301
Geology of Hydrocarbons

Energy 301: Geology of Hydrocarbons

Course Description

This course explains the role that plate tectonics plays in the formation of sedimentary basins, where microorganisms are transformed into hydrocarbons through burial and cooking. It also describes the importance of source rock porosity and permeability, and how geologic trapping structures such as faults, anticlines, stratigraphic traps, and salt domes play a role in the migration of hydrocarbons and the formation of hydrocarbon reservoirs.


After taking this course, you will be able to identify the role plate tectonics plays in the formation of hydrocarbon deposits, recognize the importance of "porosity" and "permeability" in source rock, and identify trapping structures.

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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