This 10-week course for non-science majors focuses on a single problem: assessing the risk of human-caused climate change. The story ranges from physics to chemistry, biology, geology, fluid mechanics, and quantum mechanics, to economics and social sciences. The class will consider evidence from the distant past and projections into the distant future, keeping the human time scale of the next several centuries as the bottom line. The lectures follow a textbook, "Global Warming, Understanding the Forecast," written for the course.
Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago (UChicago) is one of the premier private education institutions within the United States. Located in Chicago, Illinois, its distinguished reputation is further enhanced by the achievements of alumni and faculty which includes nearly 50 Rhodes Scholars and 90 Nobel Prize laureates. And with over $400 million spent annually on scientific research, the University is among the leading research institutions in the world. Over 15,000 students are enrolled in any of the school's 50+ academic programs, which are consistently ranked as some of the best in the world.