About Science and Global Change

Science and Global Change examines the foundations of scientific practice to explore global climate change and its impacts on human society, technology, and security, and the use of scientific knowledge and communication when making decisions for the future.

Exploring the interactions of the Earth's systems, SGC students examine how rapid environmental changes of the past resulted in crises for the inhabitants of the planet. They discover the fundamentals of climate science and the theoretical underpinnings of and observational evidence for global climate change and its implications for our future. Students investigate the potential responses that individuals, communities, and societies might make to build a resilient world of tomorrow.

SGC prepares students of every field to understand the new and changing conditions of the future, and of every career by fostering critical thinking about the world around us.

Active Learning

SGC students have opportunities to learn from and work closely with researchers, educators, and practitioners of any STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine) field as part of the sophomore practicum.

Experiential learning provides students with opportunities to observe evidence of global climate change. Examples of learning outside the classroom include fossil hunting at Brownie Beach, exploring the Smithsonian Museums, visiting the Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge and the Horn Point Laboratory, and volunteering at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens.

Colloquium and Lecture Topics

  • A Look at Logical Fallacies
  • Why climates change, and how we know it is (partially) our fault
  • What do we do with science on the edges of the mainstream?
  • The value of the biosphere
  • Who pays for science?

Curriculum Overview

The following table represents a typical four-year curriculum, but individual schedules may vary. Details about courses and requirements can be found on the Science and Global Change Citation Checklist.

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Freshman Fall   Freshman Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Colloquium 1
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Practicum 1-3
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15

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