2022-2023 Catalog

GEOL 115 Introduction to Geology: Earth-Evolution of a Habitable Planet

Earth's climate has changed dramatically over its history, moving between completely ice-free intervals to periods of global glaciations. How and why did these major climatic changes occur? What can history teach about the future of the climate? This course identifies the major components of the climate system and explores factors and processes that influence the system over a variety of timescales. Using major lessons learned from Earth's history, this course considers the climatological impact of human activity in this century and examines current ideas about the climatic future. [NS]