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GEOG 211
Introduction to Climate and Climate Change


Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Natural Sciences]

Lecture Hours:50


Description
An introductory course in climatology, the study of Earth's present, past, and future climate. Examine natural and anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change on various timescales (from tens of years to hundreds of millions of years). Included are the effects of atmospheric greenhouse gases, tectonic climate forcing, orbital cycle variations, deep ocean circulation, and biological feedbacks. This course does not include a lab. Prerequisites: MATH 74C; appropriate placement score or grade of C or higher in ENGL 087; or permission of the Science Division Chair or designee. Recommended: READ 088.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Explain how scientific knowledge is gained through application of the Scientific Method.
  • Describe natural archives (biological, geological, and chemical) in which climate information is preserved.
  • Explain natural and anthropogenic causes of climate variations over a broad range of scales.
  • Describe the Greenhouse Effect and its impact on global climate change.
  • Explain earth's orbital cycles; cause and effects of ice ages.
  • Describe human's effects of climate and climate's effects on humans.

  • Course Topics
  • Framework of Climate Science
  • Tectonic Scale (10s - 100s of millions of years) Climate Change
  • Orbital Scale (10s of thousands of years) Climate Change
  • Millennial Scale Climate Change
  • Historic (human prospective) and Future Climate Change

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Course
    Year Quarter
    Item
    Instructor  
    GEOG 211
    Spring 2013
    1652
    Steve May
    GEOG 211
    Fall 2012
    1862
    Steve May
    GEOG 211
    Fall 2011
    1862
    Steve May
    GEOG 211
    Fall 2010
    1857
    Steve May
    GEOG 211
    Spring 2010
    1862
    Steve May


    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini 
    Fall
    Winter
    Spring
    Summer
    Mini
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    **
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.