The Earth Science minor leads to scientific literacy in the sciences of geology, meteorology, hydrology, climate issues, oceanography, and/or astronomy.
Our Changing Climate will explore the dynamics of the Earth system that affect climate. We will look at how the Earth’s climate has changed over various time scales and how scientists are predicting it will change. We will skim the surface of the impact our current climate change is introducing to the planet, ecosystems, and society. Our Changing Climate will pull together topics presented in lower level courses into a broader and deeper understanding of this ever so timely topic. It is the goal of this course to familiarize you with the science of climate change and make you comfortable and effective at redistributing the science to a non-science society.
This first and second year course is a field-based course for students who are interested in exploring or intend to major in the natural sciences (Biology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies) or Mathematics. The course is open to others as well. Students in this class will deepen their scientific and quantitative literacy as they learn about ecology, evolution, and complexity theory. From a systems perspective, they will explore and measure patterns across levels of observation and apply their thinking to a community-based project linked to the neighborhood. Students will become familiar with the resources and databases available for the city and will explore the literature of several fields. They will also explore and discuss with active practitioners the societal roles of science and mathematics and scientists and mathematicians. They will come to know and think about Cambridge neighborhoods as ecological entities, in addition to doing a project with community service, outreach, or engagement. Students will also be introduced to Lesley internship practices, procedures, and opportunities in their areas of interest.
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