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GLY 1073 - An Introducation to Global Change

Course URL: http://web.geology.ufl.edu/
Course Type:

Earth Systems Science

Course Size:


From Syllabus: An overview of the Earth Sciences from a system's perspective. Students will learn to view the Earth as a complex system of interacting components including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and geosphere. Course content will emphasize the mass and energy transfers between subsystems, including discussion of the social, economic, and ecological implications of global climate change. Relevant issues include global warming, stratospheric ozone depletion, deforestation, desertification, acid rain, biodiversity, human population growth, and food-water-energy resources. This course meets general education requirement in the physical sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Course Context:

This course, offered Spring Semester 2004 at the University of Florida, has no prerequisites. The class includes 2 1-hour lectures and 1 2-hour lab per week.

Course Content:

This course covers topics such as Earth's place in the solar system, the carbon cycle, population growth, electromagnetic radiation, the global energy budget and global warming.

Teaching Materials:

There is no textbook for this class. Weekly reading assignments are electronic or copied and given out in class. Class notes and electronic reading assignments are available on the site.



The grading for the course is simple and is based on a total of 400 points you can earn during the course of the semester.

  • 1st hourly exam = 50 points
  • 2nd hourly exam = 50 points
  • 3rd hourly exam = 50 points
  • Final exam = 50 points
  • Attendance = 50 points
  • Stella exercises = 80 points
  • Term paper = 70 points total (5 pts for the submission of a topic and outline, 35 pts for the paper, and 30 pts for the presentation)

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