The rapid growth and the diversity of global climate research topics are challenges to providing an overview of the field, particularly at an undergraduate level. An instructor who undertakes the challenge to offer an undergraduate course on global climate will lay a plan to convey a basic working knowledge of the principal processes that control global climate, adjusting the goals of the course to the background, interest, and motivation of the students.
If the course progresses well, there may be time to extract highlights of recent research results to spark interest and appreciation. Another approach could be to reveal a myriad of processes that contribute to climate change and sketch the grand outline of how they mesh, adding details to give the students a hint of the underpinnings in quantitative science. This approach may offer more academic adventure for student and lecturer, but also more uncertainty.