Science and Global Change
- Last Updated on Tuesday October 01, 2013
Many consider global climate change to be the greatest threat to the planet. Exploring the interactions of the Earth's systems, the Science and Global Change (SGC) program exposes students to an integrated perspective of the implications of past and present global change.
In Science and Global Change (SGC), students use the foundations of scientific practice to explore the evidence, causes, and implications of global change. Students in SGC learn the fundamentals of climate science and the theoretical underpinnings of and observational evidence for global climate change.
The scientists who will determine our future are those exploring climate change research, meteorology, physics, chemistry and biology with the critical thinking and analytical skills students develop in SGC.
Through interesting colloquia on distinguishing science from pseudoscience, energy and energy resources, our carbon footprint, and an examination of the scientific enterprise, students gain the foundations of scientific knowledge and practice. Students engage in a practicum experience during their sophomore year through primary research, an internship, working in a laboratory or participating in a service-learning experience related to the discovery, dissemination, or application of the physical or natural sciences.
The University of Maryland is a world leader in global change research and SGC students will have access to some of the leading researchers and facilities in global change studies. The University of Maryland's Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) and Departments of Geology, Physics, Geography, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science include world-renowned faculty in climate change research and related disciplines. SGC students have opportunities to learn from and work closely with national research institutions such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric and Administration (NOAA), and the US Geological Survey in order to understand the causes and effects of global change.
Students in SGC investigate the potential responses that individuals, communities, and societies might make to mitigate and adapt to future global change. Experiential learning provides students with opportunities to observe evidence of global climate change. Fossil hunting at Brownie Beach, exploring at the Air and Space Museum, volunteering at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, and visiting the Maryland Science Center are just some of the examples of out of the classroom learning in SGC.
SGC prepares students for these changing conditions, as well as for any career by fostering students to think critically about the world around us. Science and Global Change is sponsored by the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and is housed in Centreville Hall.