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EARTH SCIENCE

Climate Change

Earth and Environmental Science

a polar bear standing on floating ice, with smaller chunks of ice surrounding it

How does the global climate system work, and what is the evidence that human activity is affecting it?

Discover the dynamic and interrelated components of the climate system and find out how and why climate has changed in the past, how scientists are able to make predictions about future climate, and why current climate cycles are different from those that occurred in the past. Authored by world-class experts at the cutting edge of climate science, this six-week online course also investigates the connection between human activity and the current warming trend, and some of the potential social, economic and environmental consequences of climate change.

This course begins Oct 31

Fall 2 Session

Oct 31 - Dec 11, 2016
Registration deadline: Oct 17
Register by Oct 3 to save $50.
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COURSE COST

$495 per course
$25 one-time registration fee

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

Discover the dynamic and interrelated components of the climate system and find out how and why climate has changed in the past, how scientists are able to make predictions about future climate, and why current climate cycles are different from those that occurred in the past. Authored by world-class experts at the cutting edge of climate science, this six-week online course also investigates the connection between human activity and the current warming trend, and some of the potential social, economic and environmental consequences of climate change.

Course Format

This online course is asynchronous, giving you the flexibility to complete weekly activities at your own pace. Essays, written by our authoring scientists, are supplemented by case studies, textbook readings, videos, interactive simulations, image galleries, and more. These resources provide the foundation for assignments as well as online discussions where you will exchange questions and ideas with course faculty and other learners. The course culminates in a final project, which is your opportunity to create activities that you can use with your students.

A factory with prominent chimneys emitting smoke into the atmosphere

Connecting to Your Classroom

This course includes a variety of resources that can be adapted for use in your classroom. Participants frequently use course activities as a central component of their final project. For example, in this course you will work with modeling software, a primary tool used by climate scientists, to analyze a global warming simulation. Completing the work associated with this tool will help you understand the climate system and how the tool can be used with your students. 

Recent Course Faculty

This course is co-taught by an experienced classroom teacher and a working scientist. With low faculty to student ratios, this powerful combination of scientific expertise and classroom application creates opportunities for discussions about the course content and how it can be taught.

This course begins Oct 31

Fall 2 Session

Oct 31 - Dec 11, 2016
Registration deadline: Oct 17
Register by Oct 3 to save $50.
7 days left to save.

COURSE COST

$495 per course
$25 one-time registration fee

GRAD CREDIT

This course is approved for graduate credit from these institutions at an additional cost. Select an institution below for full details on cost, enrollment and more:

I gained a tremendous amount of new knowledge and skills that I can integrate into my classes.

— PHYSICS TEACHER AND SCIENCE DEPARTMENT HEAD

I realized what I was getting from evaluating the data myself, rather than having someone just tell me and lecture to me ‘this is what the situation is now'...It made me re-evaluate a lot of thoughts that I had on the topic itself and really look at the research I was seeing...

— ELEMENTARY GENERAL SCIENCE TEACHER

We have a unit on air pollution…we will just be sitting there chatting…about what makes the clouds and condensation nuclei and all of a sudden, it just slides there. They ask me a question. The course made me feel more confident to be able to throw those things out there.

— HIGH SCHOOL EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER