The complexity of Earth systems via environmental physics, chemistry, and biology.

Faculty: Science
Subject: Earth and Ocean Sciences
Year / Level: 1
Theme(s): Climate Science



In this course, we will explore environmental physics, chemistry, and biology to explain what we know about the complexity of the Earth system and climate change on our planet.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing of this course, students will be able to:

  1. DESCRIBE how Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere comprise an integrated system driven by a continuous supply of energy
  2. EXPLAIN the primary factors determining Earth’s climate
  3. EVALUATE evidence and hypotheses explaining why Earth’s climate changes on different time scales
  4. COMPARE today’s climate to the climate of the past
  5. Using scientific principles and evidence, EVALUATE information about climate change


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Read a copy of the course syllabus to see reading lists, assignments, grading, and more.



Stephanie Waterman

"I approach the study of oceanic processes from both observational and theoretical perspectives."