PHSC 110

Global Change

Spring 2008

 

Instructor:  Dr. Jerry Skinner, Capwell Hall 208, 945-8404. email: jerry.skinner@keystone.edu or jskinner@epix.net

Class Meetings: T-Th 9:30 - 10:45 am in Capwell Hall 212.            

Text:

The Earth System, Second EditionKump, L. R., J. Kasting and R. Crane.  2004.  The Earth System, 2nd ed.  Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.  420 pp.  ISBN 0-13-142059-3.

 

Ward, P. D. and D. Brownlee.  2002.  The Life and Death of Planet Earth.  How the new science of astrobiology charts the ultimate fate of our world.  Henry Holt & CO, NY.  240 pp.  ISBN0-8050-7512-7.

Other assigned readings which will be provided to you.

Course Description (from the College Catalog):

PHSC 110 Global Change - Introduction to Earth Systems: Provides an introduction to the Earth system, and to the forces and processes that shape the present-day global environment. Structured around three major themes: global change, time scales of change, and understanding the Earth system. Focuses on global-scale human-induced changes (global warming, loss of biodiversity, and ozone depletion) in the context of the long-term evolution and natural variability of the Earth system.

 Course Policies:

Attendance, Exams, and Assignments
Please attend all lectures and read assigned materials beforehand. Attendance and participation will be considered in the final grade.  

Grading Policy:

Three exams @100 pts  = 300 pts
Comprehensive final = 100
Debate/Paper/Project = 100
Participation = 100
Assignments =200
GRAND TOTAL     800 pts.

Grading scale:

    B+ 87-89.9 C+ 77-79.9 D 60-69.9
A > 93.0% B 83-86.9 C 73-76.9 F < 60%
A- 90-92.9 B- 80-92.9 C- 70-72.9    

Tentative Schedule 

 

Week    Topic Read
JAN   14 Course business;  
  21    
  28
FEB 4
  11    
18
  25    
MAR 3 Spring Break Week
  10  
  17  
  24
APR 7  
  14
  21
  28 Catch up week.
MAY 5 Finals Week

 

 

OF   LECTURE TOPIC READINGS WHAT'S DUE
AUG 27    
SEP 10   EarthAware

Home lighting and shopping survey

OCT   1   Letter

Rate you legislators

22   Environmental Organization
NOV 12   Car Shopping
DEC 3   Paper/Project/Debate
    This schedule is tentative and subject to change.