BIOL_4200_Syllabus_Winter_2019.pdf - California State University Los Angeles Department of Biological Sciences BIOL 4200 Global Change Winter 2019

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California State University, Los Angeles Department of Biological Sciences BIOL 4200: Global Change, Winter 2019 Course Information I NSTRUCTOR I NFORMATION Instructor : Dr. Paul Narguizian Office Location : ASCB 323C Telephone : 818.343.2054 Email : [email protected] Office Hours : No formal office hours. Students can contact me via email. Class Days/Time : Online Prerequisites : BIOL 1200 C OURSE D ESCRIPTION This class is an introduction to the emerging discipline of Earth System Science, which considers interlinked physical and biological processes. We will examine the major transformations occurring on the Earth, the causes of these changes (both anthropogenic and natural), and their likely consequences for Earth’s biological systems. The impacts of global change on specific systems, including fisheries, forests, agriculture, as well as impacts on ecosystem processes, biodiversity, biological productivity, and sustainability will be considered. An important aspect of this rapidly developing field of science is the ability to evaluate the validity of scientific claims as a basis for sound policy decisions. Thus, the course will emphasize critical thinking by asking you to carefully consider the nature of the scientific evidence discussed, and the integrity of public statements on this topic. C OURSE O BJECTIVES /O UTCOMES Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Be able to describe the relationship between human activities and climate change. 2. Analyze and compare carbon-producing resources. 3. Assess the impact of human activities and carbon production on the environment. 4. Propose solutions to climate change issues. 5. Collect, interpret and present information. 6. Communicate about strategies to confront climate change to a variety of audiences, including other students and the local community.
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