BIOL 309 The Science of Climate Change


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 314 or BIOL 313, counts as an upper-level with laboratory elective.

Prerequisites: BIOL 130/131 and 140/141 or BIOL 120 and CHEM 120/125