The Energy & Environmental Systems (EES) Department at North Carolina A&T State University offers a 3-credit hour General Education course “Weather and Climate Studies” (EES 234 + 235 optional Lab) starting Spring 2015. This course is available for all majors across the University campus to fulfill their general education course requirements. EES234 is available during fall and spring semesters.
The Weather and Climate Studies course is designed to address the common misunderstandings and misconception in weather and climate, climate change, and global warming. To engage, motivate, and expose the students in the course to the interdisciplinary nature of weather and climate issues, we included some historical case studies in the course, e.g. impact of weather on famous war battles, impact of weather climate on food production and transportation and the implication to society, impact of severe storms on communities, etc. We collaborate with the Department of History to provide course content and delivery that will be highly engaging for students. By leveraging the support from AMS Climate Studies, we competed and won a University funding to further enhance the implementation of the course during Spring 2015. The funding allowed faculty and graduate students from EES and History to get training on the basic applications of GIS so that students will be exposed to the basics of GIS during the EES235 Lab sessions.
When the course started in Spring 2015, 25 students from all over campus registered and took EES234 course. Our plan is to continue to offer to 25 students every semester.