CSP Courses

Summer

SIOC 290: Climate Math

This is a preparatory mathematics class for climate sciences, specifically designed to review math concepts vital to understanding climate science in preparation for SIOC 210 and SIOC 217A. The course will use statistical methods to understand the observed climate records, calculus to investigate Earth's radiation budget, and vector rotation to introduce the dynamics and transport of the atmosphere and ocean. Letter grades only. 

Units: 6
SIOC 291S: @Climate

This is a course in climate communication. Students will develop a broad understanding of different concepts in communicating climate science to policymakers and public. In this modular course students will develop an integrated skill set in translating complex scientific concepts, visualization of scientific data for lay audience, supporting decision makers by conducting in-depth analysis of climate- and energy-related policies,  making headways in climate policy negotiations recognizing differing agendas and priorities, active engagement with stakeholders via knowledge exchange and experiential communication, and designing campaigns to influence resource conservation behaviours for relevant audiences.

Units: 6

Fall

ECON 281: Economics of the Environment

Lecture course at an advanced level on a special topic.

Units: 4
SIOC 210: Physical Oceanography

Physical description of the sea; physical properties of seawater, methods and measurements, boundary processes, regional oceanography.

Units: 4
SIOC 217A: Atmospheric and Climate Sciences

Thermodynamics and statics of dry and moist air, atmospheric composition, Earth radiation budget, vertical structure of the atmosphere, global energy balance, thermodynamic feedbacks in the climate system.

Units: 4

Winter

SIOC 292: Introduction to Climate Science and Policy

This course explores the interaction between climate science, policy, and the larger culture.

Units: 4
SIOC 296: Climate Science and Policy Forum

A two-unit forum for all MAS students designed to assist students with their Capstone projects.

Units: 2
SIOG 260: Marine Chemistry

Chemical description of the sea; the distribution of chemical species in the world oceans, and their relationships to physical, biological, and geological processes.

Units: 4

Spring

SIOC 296: Climate Science and Policy Forum

A two-unit forum for all MAS students designed to assist students with their Capstone projects.

Units: 2
SIOC 299: Climate Science and Policy Capstone Project

The Capstone Project offers students the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary climate science and policy project with defined deliverables for a target audience.

Units: 6