ENGS 7: Climate Change
This course is available only as part of the First-Year Seminar Program.
Climate change has occurred naturally and frequently over the course of many time scales in the past. America today is engaged in a discussion of current climate change and its cause; the discussion includes viewpoints ranging from active denial to calls for immediate action. This course explores the evidence for climate change, the description of the evidence in the scientific literature, published accounts refuting climate change, and investigation of the earth as a system as a basis for understanding. Through readings, class discussion, and individual research, we will explore this complex problem and students will clarify the basis for their own positions on the topic. Reading will include a number of published papers and a text. Students will be required to actively participate in class, including leading class discussions, write two short papers, develop an annotated bibliography, and write a research paper based on the research completed for the annotated bibliography.