(Fall 2021) Geog 40 - Introduction to Earth System Science

credit: NASA


This is a survey course of Earth System Science, an interdisciplinary field that explores the functions and interactions of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and lithosphere. We will learn about how the atmosphere, oceans and lithospheric plates move; about the history of life and climate on our planet; and about the modern issues of climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and biodiversity loss. We will develop an understanding of how the earth works, as a system. There are no listed prerequisites for this course, although it will involve some background knowledge in algebra, chemistry, biology and physics. Diligence and an inquisitive nature are perhaps even more important. This course meets the L&S Physical Science and Biological Science Breadth Requirements.

Aug 28, 2021 11:00 AM — Dec 15, 2021 11:00 AM
Tu/Thu 11 a.m. - 12:30 ap.m.
McCone Hall
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Prior offerings Fa2003, Fa2004, Fa2005, Fa2006, Fa2008, Sp2010, Fa2011, Fa2018, Fa2021
  • Required Textbook The Earth System by L.R. Kump, J. F. Kasting, and R.G. Crane (3rd ed., 2010)
  • Additional readings will be posted on bcourses.