Minor in Climate Change Studies

U N E students participate in courses required to earn a minor in climate change studiesClimate change promises to be one of the defining environmental and social problems of our lifetime, and one that will become ever more relevant and important as we move into the future. Employers in all fields will increasingly seek to hire those with an understanding of climate change and how it relates to business models, public policy, economies and livelihoods, conservation, and human health and happiness.

As a student pursuing a minor in Climate Change Studies at UNE, you engage in an interdisciplinary program of study that prepares you with an understanding of climate change from diverse perspectives, examining scientific, political, psychological, economic and ethical dimensions of the problem and its solutions.

You begin by grappling with the science behind the stories, exploring the impacts of climate change on societies around the world, and assessing renewable energy and policy solutions. Courses are drawn from eight departments across the college including Environmental Studies, Business, Biology, Political Science, Chemistry and Physics, Marine Sciences, Society, Culture and Languages and History and Philosophy. This allows you to craft a minor that fits your individual interests and professional plans.

The Interdisciplinary Minor in Climate Change is made possible by the collaboration of eight departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is administered through the Department of Environmental Studies. The minor will be available in Fall 2016.


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  
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                  


PSC 201 - Introduction to International Relations         

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

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.

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