An Approach to Teaching Space Weather to Undergraduate Non-Science Majors

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Tuesday, 6 January 2015: 11:45 AM
227A-C (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
William B. Cade III, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Undergraduate Space Weather education is an important component of creating a society that is knowledgeable about space weather and its societal impacts. The space physics community has made great strides in providing academic education for students, typically physics majors, who are interested in pursuing a career in the space sciences or space weather. What is rarely addressed, however, is providing a broader space weather education to undergraduate students as a whole. To help address this gap, I have created an introductory space weather course for non-science majors, with the idea of expanding exposure to space weather beyond the typical physics and engineering students. The philosophy and methodologies used in this course will be presented, as well as the results of the first attempts to teach it. Using an approach more tailored to the non-scientist, courses such as this can be an effective means of broadening space weather education and building a more weather-ready nation.