EOSC 340 · Global Climate Change

Mechanisms and processes of past and future global environmental and climate change. [3-0-0] Prerequisite: Either (a) SCIE 001 or (b) one of CHEM 111, CHEM 121, CHEM 154 and one of MATH 101, MATH 103, MATH 105, MATH 121 and one of PHYS 101, PHYS 107, PHYS 117, PHYS 153, PHYS 157.

Course Availability & Schedule

 Non-specialist course

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
(1) Explain how Earth’s climate system works, particularly the role greenhouse gases play in controlling the energy balance of the system
(2) Critically evaluate evidence to explain how Earth’s climate has changed in the past, including paleo-climates as well as anthropogenic contributions to recent climate change.
(3) Explain how paleo-, historical, and modelling data all inform predictions of future climate
(4) Critically evaluate arguments made in public debate on global climate change

See also learning goals for non-specialist courses.


Phil Austin
Sara Harris
Anaïs Orsi
Rachel White




"An Introduction to Global Climate Change", 2nd edition, by Andrew Dessler