Course Description

Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences, SAS 025V

Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Davis, SAS

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: OL, QL, SE, SL, SS, VL, WE

UC Irvine:
General Education: II - Science and Technology

UC Los Angeles:
General Education: Physical Sciences (No Lab)

UC Merced:
General Education: SSHA Natural Science GE without lab
Units toward degree (see your advisor)

UC Riverside:
Major Preparation: Elective Units
Course Equivalence: GEO 11 - Global Climate Change (4.00)

UC San Diego:
General Education: TMC 1 course toward lower division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major, Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Social Science

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
General Education: Possible Area C after petition - not Quantitative Relations

UC Santa Cruz:
Unit Credit

Course Fees

None

More About The Course

Get ready to take an active role in your future. The Global Climate Change course covers the causes and consequences of global climate change, exploring complex problems that require equally complex solutions. Students will study the biological, geophysical, and social impact of climate change and how it will influence their well-being.

The course covers the history and causes of climate change, how scientists measure and predict climate change, and the opportunities for mitigating and adapting to climate change. Using readings, videos, online discussions and peer interactions, each student will examine an issue that will define the rest of the century.

Global Climate change fulfills several General Education requirements, and will benefit anyone interested in joining a powerful conversation about the causes and effects of Global Climate Change. Please view the 2-minute introductory video created by the professor.

Course Creator

Arnold Bloom
Arnold J. Bloom, Professor of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. Arnold J. Bloom became a botanist through a circuitous route. Upon receiving an undergraduate degree in Physics from Yale University, he spent several years developing computer models of the spread of air pollution over cities in the USA and Germany. He received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, where he also completed a two-semester course in Environmental Legislation at the Law School. He conducted postdoctoral research on the temperature responses of plants at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. For the last thirty years, he has been on the faculty of the University of California at Davis. His publications range from major reviews on the economics of resource allocation in plants to the future of agriculture under rising carbon dioxide levels. He has coauthored textbooks on Plant Physiology and Plant Mineral Nutrition. The book Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines derives from a General Education Course that he has offered for the past decade and has grown to an enrollment of nearly three hundred students. Arnold J. Bloom, Professor of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. Arnold J. Bloom became a botanist through a circuitous route. Upon receiving an undergraduate degree in Physics from Yale University, he spent several years developing computer models of the spread of air pollution over cities in the USA and Germany. He received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, where he also ...

Arnold J. Bloom, Professor of Plant Sciences at UC Davis. Arnold J. Bloom became a botanist through a circuitous route. Upon receiving an undergraduate degree in Physics from Yale University, he spent several years developing computer models of the spread of air pollution over cities in the USA and Germany. He received a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, where he also completed a two-semester course in Environmental Legislation at the Law School. He conducted postdoctoral research on the temperature responses of plants at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. For the last thirty years, he has been on the faculty of the University of California at Davis. His publications range from major reviews on the economics of resource allocation in plants to the future of agriculture under rising carbon dioxide levels. He has coauthored textbooks on Plant Physiology and Plant Mineral Nutrition. The book Global Climate Change: Convergence of Disciplines derives from a General Education Course that he has offered for the past decade and has grown to an enrollment of nearly three hundred students.

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