Science Seminar in Energy Systems and Climate Change


Winter 2016 quarter

Taught by

physics, math, astrophysics

How is energy harvested and transformed, used or abused? What effects do human systems have on Earth’s climate? What are the consequences for human societies? What can we learn from the past? How can we live more sustainably?

We will investigate questions such as these, as a learning community seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom together. One of our primary means of inquiry is seminar: small teams pre-seminar on weekly readings in advance, we all seminar together twice a week, and we share essays and peer responses online. This seminar is shared with students in Energy Systems and Climate Change.

Students will share questions and growing understanding about readings, and will discuss ideas and concern for the future. Students will write three to four essays and many peer responses individually, and will post pre-seminar assignments with teams. Learning goals include deeper understanding of sustainability and climate change, science and scientific methods, and improved skills in writing, teamwork, and communication. Details will be available at

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

environmental science, energy studies, sustainability, policy, teaching, and physics.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online:


Date Revision
November 12th, 2015 This program is no longer offered.

Registration Information

Credits: 8 (Winter)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 12


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