Introduces the study of our atmosphere. Studies the Earth's dynamic weather systems. Covers structure and compositions of the atmosphere; weather patterns; air masses; and types of weather fronts, weather forecasting, and climates. Course fee of $10 for lab applies.
Examines the causes and effects of climate change through the use of geology, meteorology, astronomy, oceanography and biology.
Studies the six major components of the Earth system (i.e., the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, the cryosphere, the geosphere, the exosphere, and the biosphere) and investigates the interdependency and connections of these components, with particular emphasis on the effects on the climate system. Discusses the Earth’s energy balance, the greenhouse effect, and the biogeochemical cycles of some elements and provides an overview of the most important climatic events that occurred during the history of the Earth.