Oct 22, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IEM 302 - Energy, Environment, and Climate Change

The course examines the physical principles behind climate change science and how they relate to energy and resource use on our planet. Emphasis placed on examining how energy decisions impact past, present, and future climates. Course will be offered every year (Winter).

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Earth’s climate system and how both natural and human factors influence the functioning of that system.
  • Explain how and why past climates vary from those of today and evaluate how energy production in all forms has influenced those climatic variations.
  • Discuss and present the ways in which global climate change impacts Earth’s non-energy resources (i.e., freshwater supply, food supply, faunal/floral biodiversity, soils, etc.) and the effects of this on society and its sustainability.
  • Evaluate how global energy production and consumption choices influence the development of Global Climate Models and how different scenarios (mathematical inputs) alter projections of future climate change.
  • Research, analyze, and present on the extent to which a select country/region contributes to global climate change and how their energy production and consumption decisions play a role in this.
  • Identify, collect, and critique data and literature resources relating to past, present, and future global climate change.
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