PHY-107 - The Science of Climate Change

3 credits

This introductory three-credit course presents Earth's climate system and explores how that climate system can change due to both natural and human influences. Course topics include the greenhouse effect, El Niño, atmospheric and oceanic circulation dynamics, the carbon cycle, the scientific evidence behind climate change and how human influences on the environment lead to climate change. Also included will be predicted impacts of climate change on the United States and discussion of possible options at the global level. Written and oral presentation of student work will be an integral part of the course.

Prerequisite(s): MAT 087 (minimum grade of C-) or placement at higher level on math placement test. DRG 092 or DWT 099 or placement at higher level on reading or writing placement tests.

Mass Transfer Block: Credits earned in this course are counted towards the MassTransfer Block Natural or Physical Science requirements.