1: Earth's Climate System
How does the Earth's climate work? Topics include: the greenhouse
effect; ocean circulation; El Niño; climate and weather; climate
change; and the history of climatology.
2: Past and Future
What was the Earth's past climate like? How will it change in the new century?
Topics include: ice ages; climate cycles; the politics of climate change;
and the future of fossil
INTRO TO ASTRONOMY
How did the Universe come to be? How do astronomers know the distances to
the stars? What are comets
made of? This is a survey of the field of astronomy with a focus on applications
to geology and biology. Topics include: the Big
Bang; the solar system; observational astronomy; and extrasolar planets.
Are we humans alone in the universe?
Is there life on other planets? Explore the history of life on our own planet
and the possibility for life elsewhere. Topics include: the ingredients
of life; the origin of life on Earth; exobiology:
the science of life
beyond Earth; and the search for intelligent life in the universe.
Students can register online when they visit
the Extensions website at www.extension.ucsd.edu. Students will need
to pull down the scroll bar to select education courses. They can also call
to register at (858) 534-3400.