This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.
Photographs and maps from Antarctica and the surrounding ocean and first-hand stories from 17 expeditions to the continent document this course.
Topics include (1) geography, glaciers, mountain ranges, the Southern Ocean, climate and climate change; (2) wildlife, (3) territorial claims and the Antarctic Treaty; (4) U.S. bases and expedition logistics; (5) explorations led by early explorers including Roald Amundsen, Robert F. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Richard E. Byrd; (6) geology, paleontology, and plate tectonics; (7) wildlife; (8) and tourism with an overview of cruises and a virtual tour of the Antarctic Peninsula by cruise ship.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.