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This course provides an introduction to the science of global climate change with an emphasis on understanding the patterns, processes, and factors that contribute to global warming. Topics include the science of weather and climate, the carbon cycle, climate change through geologic time, climate change impacts on human history, natural and human influences on climate change including causes and solutions, and the economics and politics of climate change. This course establishes a foundation for students to understand global climate change and its effects on human, plant, and animal populations, as well as the social, economic, and political consequences involved.
(Fall, Winter, Spring)