ENS2000EN - Weather and Climate

Course description

This course examines the basic elements of the climate system: the role of the sun and earth's orbit, constituents and properties of the atmosphere, how clouds and precipitation form, basic weather patterns, main features of the global circulation and oceans, key atmospheric cycles. A brief discussion of long term changes in climate and human influences.

How this course benefits students

In order to engage in mission in different parts of the world, students require an understanding of the factors that influence local climate. This course provides a basic undergraduate understanding of how the climate works.

Why this course is important

In order to engage in mission and live in different parts of the world, particular in the context of humanity's disruption of the climate, students need a basic understanding of the science.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Environmental Studies
Educational level
Natural Sciences Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Mick Pope, Professor of Environmental Mission

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

This course will affirm the value the bible places on understanding the physical world.

Missionally driven

Students will learn that mission occurs within a physical context which varies from place to place.

Contextually informed

This course contextualizes Christian mission in the physical world.

Interculturally focused

Different cultures are affected by their local climate. Students will develop a basic framework for understanding why climate varies from place to place.

Practically minded

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how the global climate works.

Experientially transformed

Students will better understand the weather and climate that goes on around them, and the part western culture has played in changing it.