Climate Change Studies Curriculum

Curricular Requirements

A student with a major in the Department of Environmental Studies or another department may minor in Climate Change Studies with the approval of the Environmental Studies Department Chair. To complete this minor, students are expected to successfully complete the following course of study, totaling 18 credits:

Program Required Courses CREDITS
ENV 208 - Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions 3
PHY 208 - Energy and Climate Change 3
SOC 227 - Climate Change and Society 3
One Course from each of the following 3 areas: Policy, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Humanities  
Policy:  
ENV 250 - Environmental Policy in Comparative Perspective 3
MAR 240 - Climate Change and the Sea: Impacts on Oceans and Coasts 3
MAR 316 - Science and Society 3

PSC 306 - Environmental Politics                  

3

PSC 201 - Introduction to International Relations         

3
Natural Sciences:  
ENV 318/318L - Advanced Field Methods in Avian Ecology and Conservation 4
ENV 328 - Environmental Pollution: Ecosystems, Wildlife, and Human Health 3
ENV 398 - Topics in Environmental Studies: Climate Change and Conservation 3
BIO 413 - Global Change Ecology 3
MAR 268/268L - Oceanography II: Physical and Chemical Oceanography 4
MAR 270/270L - Oceanography 4
MAR 460/560 - Global Change (Physical Science Basis) 3
MAR 464 - Polar Biology 3
Social Sciences and Humanities:  
BUEC 390 - Environmental Economics 3
BUEC 395 - Ecological Economics 3
ENV 321 - Environmental Communication: Expert Practices for Environmental Management 3
ENV 328 - Environmental Pollution: Ecosystems, Wildlife, and Human Health 3
ENV 340 - Environmental Movements and Social Change 3
ENV 344 - Environmental Ethics 3
ENV 357 - Sustaining Water: Social and Global Perspectives 3
PHI 202 - Ethics of Science and Technology 3
PHI 330 - Environmental Philosophy 3
PSC 320 - Global Politics and Culture 3

SOC 210 - Displaced Cultures and Society

3
Internship Opportunities (Optional): Internships may substitute for ONE of the above courses, subject to advisor and internship coordinator approval.  Internship must deal explicitly with some aspect of climate change science, mitigation, or adaptation.  
Internship 3+

* Course Designators vary by major and include but are not limited to ENV 295/495, PSY 300/400, PSC 411, SOC 300/400, SPT 395.