Global Environmental Change (UNST 232)

SINQ DESCRIPTION

This course introduces the Global Environmental Change cluster. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to global environmental change. It will discuss the physical, chemical, and biological changes in 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 presentation will concentrate on recent changes in the oceans and atmosphere and discuss the human dimension. The future will cover the merits and limits of global models.


JUNIOR CLUSTER DESCRIPTION

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 in 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 presentation will concentrate on recent changes in the oceans and atmosphere, and discuss the human dimension. The future will discuss the merits and limits of global models.

 

Featured Pathways

Certificates:

Minors:

  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Sustainability
  • Explore Sustainability Pathways

Global Environmental Change Cluster Courses

Global Environmental Change Learning Outcomes

Cluster Coordinator: 
Frank Granshaw Ph.D, Adjunct Professor of Geology
fgransha@pdx.edu
Office Number: 
CH 17
PSU Phone: 
503-725-3022