By the completion of this course students will understand the origin, composition, and structure of the atmosphere and oceans. The course is divided into a series of concept modules and associated learning objectives that are observable and measurable. By completion students will have improved their ability to analyze statistical data and gained skills in the interpretation and creation of multivariate graphs. They will be proficient in communicating new research findings on climate variability and change to diverse audiences. This course examines fundamentals of the earth's energy balance, the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, and the hydrological cycle. It explores the physical basis behind climate change and its effects on society.