Understanding human-caused environmental changes in the context of Earth's 4.6-billion-year history. Geological and human timescales; planetary habitability; planetary, biological, and civilizational flows of energy and entropy; feedback between life, the carbon cycle, and climate; the evolution of complex life; human alterations of the Earth system; intelligent life in the universe.
01:460:203 Building and Maintaining a Habitable Planet
- Credits: 3
- SAS Core: CCO, NS
- Instructor(s): Prof. Kopp
- Prerequisites: None
- Note: Designed for non-science majors and minors; partially fulfills SAS Natural Sciences (NS) and Our Common Future (CCO) core requirements.