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Cluster: Global Environmental Change

Students are barraged on a daily basis with news stories of El Nino, global warming, CO2 increasing, greenhouse effects, ozone hole, etc. This cluster will introduce some of the scientific concepts and issues of natural global cycles and how the systems have changed in the past. We will discuss the physical, chemical and biological changes of the earth's environment in the past, present and future. The past will concentrate on the physical, chemical and biological changes that are recorded in the rock, ice and sediment record. The present will concentrate on recent changes on the oceans and atmosphere, and discuss the human dimension. The future will discuss the merits and limits of global models.

Cluster Coordinator: Michael Cummings
Office: CH 17 J
Phone: 503-725-3395

Sophomore Inquiry: Global Environmental Change

(UNST 232)

This course will provide enough content and description of the global system for students to have a conceptual framework to do further studies on global environmental change. This course will include a variety of exercises, including homework problems, writing exercises, group exercises and likely one or more mid-term exams. There will be some use of mathematics and graphical information, including use of Excel as an analytical tool. Having the computer in the classroom will allow analysis to take place in a group setting.

This SINQ leads to the Global Environmental Change Cluster.

Approved Cluster Courses:

Academic Year 14-15

Note: Courses listed below are all Approved Cluster Courses for the 2014 - 2015 year. 


CH 360U Origins of Life on Earth
CR 305U Ecology of War and Peace
ENG 368U Literature and Ecology
G 340U Life of the Past
G 341U Geology of The Oregon Country
G 342U Volcanoes and Earthquakes
G 344U Geology of National Parks
G 345U Life in the Universe
G 351U Oceanography
G 352U Minerals and World Affairs
GEOG 310U / SCI 333U Climate and Water Resources (crosslisted with SCI 333U)
GEOG 311U Climatology
GEOG 312U /SCI 334U Climate Variability (crosslisted with SCI 312U)
GEOG 313U Biogeography
GEOG 314U Severe Weather
GEOG 322U Alpine Environments
GEOG / PH 333U Weather (crosslisted with PH 333U)
GEOG 340U Global Water Issues and Sustainability
GEOG 346U World Population and Food Supply
GEOG 347U Environmental Issues and Action
HST 339U Environment and History
PH / GEOG 333U Weather  (crosslisted with GEOG 333U)
PH 375U The Earth’s Climate and Human Life
PHL 310U Environmental Ethics
SCI 334U / GEOG 312U Climate Variability (crosslisted with GEOG 312U)
SCI 333U / GEOG 310U Climate and Water Resources
SCI 322U The Earth's Climate and Human Life (crosslisted with PH 375U)
SCI 357U Sustain US / Mexico Border Region
SYSC 334U Modeling Socio-Ecological Systems