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Energy 201
Formation of Hydrocarbons

Energy 201: Formation of Hydrocarbons

Course Description

This course discusses how the universe began with a "big bang" of energy and describes how microscopic life in the earth's ocean basins flourished by capturing and storing that energy. It explains how heat and pressure slowly transformed the microorganisms buried in the ocean's sedimentary basins into hydrocarbons.


After taking this course, you will be able to identify how oil and natural gas were formed.

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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