There are many opportunities for students at UCR to learn about climate change and to get involved in climate change education and outreach in the community. The UCR Earth Sciences department offers a lower division course on Global Climate Change that introduces students climate science and teaches them the valuable skill of articulating what they learn to friends, family and their communities. Students with some background in climate science can participate in our Science Mentors program, which pairs UCR undergraduate and graduate students with local high school students to design and execute science fair projects. Finally, advanced students can participate as presentors in the Geoscience Education Outreach Program, through which UCR students visit local elementary school classrooms to teach kids about climate change and other geoscience topics.
Students may access our online labs here:
Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): none. Application of the scientific method to critical issues of the global climate change debate. Provides an understanding of Earth’s climate system and the feedback systems that regulate the climate “over long- and short-term” time scales. Includes general oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns, the major reservoirs and mechanisms of exchange of the global carbon cycle, and the influence and origin of greenhouse gases.