BCUSP 140: Scientific Journeys: Global Warming
Instructor: Prof. Eric Salathé, Science and Technology
Office: UWBB 253
Text: The Rough Guide to Climate Change, 3rd ed., by Bob Henson, Rough Guides, 2011.
Overview of Course:
Human-induced climate change - popularly known as "global warming"
- is emerging as one of the great challenges facing society in the
21st century. If we ignore the problem, by the end of this century the
climate changes due to increased greenhouse gases will be large enough
to have significant consequences on the environment and on
civilization. At stake are deeply felt values as well as entrenched
economic interests. When these are combined with scientific
uncertainty, it is not surprising that global warming has sparked a
raging, often passionate debate.
This class will follow the scientific -- and societal -- journey of
discovering and managing climate change. We will use both scientific
and popular materials to understand the scientific and policy issues of
our changing climate.
The Rough Guide to Climate Change, 3rd ed., by Bob Henson, Rough
Guides, 2011. This short non-technical book summarizes the current
science. Either a hardcopy or ebook is required. Available from the
bookstore or from the publisher.
To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact
Disabled Student Services in the Counseling Center, (425) 352-5307,
(425) 352-5303 (TDD). You can also find information online at:
http://www.uwb.edu/students/services/dss/index.html. If you have a
documented disability on file with the DSS office, please have your
DSS counselor contact me.
All students are expected to be aware of and adhere strictly to the
University of Washington Student Conduct Code. Any student found
engaging in unauthorized collaborating on and/or copying course
projects or the like will receive an F for the course and possibly be
subject to additional University disciplinary action. More details on
this can be found in the Student Handbook as well as online at:
A student who cannot complete a course is not automatically granted an
incomplete. University rules state, "An incomplete is given only when
the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work
until within two weeks of the end of the quarter and has furnished
proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed
because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's
In Class Conduct:
NO CELL PHONES ARE TO BE USED IN CLASS
Computers may not be used unless directly relevant to class material.
Note: All information in this syllabus is subject to revision at the