Current Research in Climate Science Undergraduate Seminar (PCC 475)


3 credits



Location: Tu PAA A114; Th OCN 425

Schedule: T/Th 3:30-4:50

Department: PCC

Quarter: Fall

Integrative Capstone Experience, required for students in the Climate Minor.

Schedule listed in Class Website.

The climate change senior seminar is designed to integrate the different courses that are part of the climate science minor. Therefore it is expected you will have completed one of the three core climate science minor courses (ESS 201, ATMS 211 or ATMS 321) as well as one elective in each of the focus areas (Past Climate, Physical Climate, and Chemistry & Biology).

Course Description

Students in the climate change integrative seminar will:

Read, evaluate, and synthesize information from primary literature in the field of climate science

Integrate information from a range of methodological approaches to climate science

Present scientific ideas arguing from evidence

Speculate on meanings of scientific data, possible future directions and societal implications

Communicate their ideas precisely in both oral and written format

Translate those ideas for a general audience.

This course is offered in conjunction with the OCEAN/ATM S/ESS 586 graduate seminar and this year the focus of the seminar is "The Road To COP 21" (see FALL 2014 PCC 586 course descirption). Both undergraduate and graduate students will attend presentations by UW and non-UW climate scientists in this co-listed course.