EARTH 331 - Climate and Climate Change
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Credit Exclusions:
Those with credit for GEOSCI 111 or 144 or 201 or EARTH 111 or 144 or 201 or GEOG 201 or ENVIRON 209 may only elect EARTH 331 for 3 credits.
Advisory Prerequisites:
A working knowledge of high school algebra and physical sciences.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the physical and chemical processes influencing Earth's climate and the methods for quantifying past and present climate change, Emphasis is placed on understanding the mechanisms of climate change from ice ages through the near future. The evidence of human-caused changes in climate is also discussed. Students with interests in global change and the environment are encouraged to enroll. A background in college science is not required.

Specific topics addressed include: (1) solar radiation and the atmosphere; (2) atmospheric and ocean circulation; (3) methods of quantifying past and present climate change; (4) glaciers and climate change; (5) greenhouse and icehouse Earth; (6) long-term (geologic) and short-term (historical) changes in Earth's climate; and (7) humans and climate change. Students with interests in global change and the environment are encouraged to enroll. Discussion sections will elaborate on lecture topics, have students work with and quantitatively interpret data related to lecture topics, and solve problem sets related to lectures. Textbook: Earth's Climate: Past and Future by William F. Ruddiman, Freeman Press, 2000 (465 pages).

Intended audience: Course will be targeted to non-concentrators, but concentrators are welcome.

Course Requirements: Grades will be based on one mid-term and one final exam, homework problem sets, and discussion section exercises. Students with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to attend. A working knowledge of high school algebra and physical sciences is assumed,

Class Format: 3 hours per week lecture plus 1 hour per week discussion.

EARTH 331 - Climate and Climate Change
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
25034
Open
10
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
002 (DIS)
P
25036
Open
1
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
25037
Open
1
 
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Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Tu 4:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
25039
Open
2
 
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W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
W 4:00PM - 5:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
31841
Open
6
 
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W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
W 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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