Global Change and Ecosystems (3) This course will provide students with an understanding of the climate system, ecosystems, and feedbacks between the two.
FOR 201 Global Change and Ecosystems (3)
Ecosystems across the planet are facing unprecedented pressures and changes as society seeks to support continued population growth and increasing standards of living. Understanding how ecosystems in Earth’s biosphere interact with the climate system and how feedbacks alter the services that ecosystems provide is necessary to meet society’s demands. Global Change and Ecosystems is designed to provide students with a general understanding of the climate system, ecosystems, and feedbacks between the two. The goal of this course is to develop critical thinking skills related to understanding the many relationships between society and natural systems. In this course students are encouraged to think critically about these relationships and the information used to develop assessments.
This course broadly covers: 1) global change factors, including climate change, land-use change, and pollution, 2) life on land, where we will explore the diversity of Earth’s ecosystems, 3) global change impacts, where we will identify how global change factors are impacting our ecosystems, and 4) ecosystem services, where we will examine the coupling of human and natural systems.
Students will complete this class with the ability to: 1) interpret scientific figures, 2) critically evaluate information about global change and ecosystems, 3)define what constitutes an ecosystem and the controlling factors, 4) describe Earth’s biomes and major ecosystems, and 5) describe the impacts of global change factors on ecosystems.
General Education: GN
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits of science
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.