Algae offer a realistic potential to provide the world with a sustainable source of energy. Algal biomass can be transformed into a diverse array of fuels such as ethanol, hydrogen, jet fuel and biodiesel. In this introductory course we will provide students with an overview of algal biology and train them in key method for algal biomass production. This course is designed for individuals with little or no technical training. However we will cover topics that will stimulate critical thinking skills and provide hands on skills required to begin working in the algal biofuels industry.