The Earth’s climate is a complex system with many components, including the atmosphere, ocean, land, and the creatures that inhabit these spaces. This course will address the science behind climate change, focusing on 1) the mechanisms that govern climate; and 2) how climate interfaces with the biological world. Students will engage with both concepts and real climate data to explore these two areas. Specific biological topics will include: species distribution, conservation biology, agriculture, disease, and ocean acidification. This upper-level course, when paired with BIOL 214, counts as an upper-level with laboratory elective.
Prerequisites: Biology 130/131 and 140/141, or Biology 120 and Chemistry 120/125