Academic Programs

Many courses related to climate change and sustainability are currently available at UMass Lowell. New academic programs in climate change are also currently under development and will be posted as soon as they are available.

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

New Undergraduate Minors

  • Environment and Society (E & S), is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with analytical and communication skills, as well as the scientific knowledge needed to succeed in environmental policy, sustainable development, environmental education, environmental advocacy, and related fields. E & S students explore public policy, climate change, sustainability, resource rights, law and regulation, and the role of environmental issues in domestic and international conflicts. E&S students also engage in environmental research and service projects in collaboration with government agencies, non-profit groups, local businesses, and state and national parks.
    More information can be found online; you can also contact Charlotte Ryan (Sociology) or Susan Gallagher (Political Science). 
  • Climate Change and Sustainability, is an interdisciplinary minor, under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and housed in the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. A student enrolled in this minor will gain an understanding of the basic science behind climate change as well as the social and economic consequences of climate change. Strategies for sustainability and climate adaptation will be addressed. For more information you can contact Lori Weeden (Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) 


Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics I General Geology
Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics II General Geology Lab
Air Pollution Global Environmental Policy
Alternative Energy Sources Green Energy Engineering
American Environmental History Marketing Principles Human Ecology
Atmospheric Thermodynamics Introduction to Environmental Economics
Biology of Global Change Introduction to Environmental Politics 
Climate Change: Science, Communication and Solutions Introduction to LEED
Community Health and Environment Life Science I
Designing the Future World Life Science II
Directed Study in Environmental Policy Managing Innovation
Earth and Environmental Systems I Marketing Principles
Earth and Environmental Systems II Nutrition and Disease
Earth and Environmental Systems Laboratory Physical Climatology
Earth History Physical Meteorology
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Physical Properties of Matter
Electric Vehicle Technology Principles of Ecology
Environmental Geochemistry Principles of Ecology Laboratory 
Environmental Health Seminar Principles of Environmental Health
Environmental Law Socio-Ecological Health Assessment
Environmental Microbiology Sustainable Development
Environmental Philosophy Sustainable Housing Development and Land Use: Conflict, Policy and Practice
Environmental Problems Seminar The Nature of Science

Environmental Science Seminar

Thoreau in our Time
Environmental Studies Practicum Weather and Climate
Earth History Weather and Climate Laboratory
Fast Food, Hot Planet


Air Pollution Phenomenology Green and Sustainable Civil Engineering
Alternate Energy Sources Introduction to Environmental Economics
Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Biology of Global Change Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Climate Change: Science, Communication and Solutions Politics and Economics of Public Policy
The Climate System Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
Introduction to Environmental Health Professional Communication and Health Seminar
Comparative Environmental Studies Simple Atmospheric Models
Electric Vehicle Technology Solar Engineering Fundamentals
Energy and Environment Solar Systems Engineering
Energy Engineering Workshop Sustainable Housing Development and Land Use: Policy and Practice
Environmental Aquatic Chemistry Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Environmental Fate and Transport Teaching General Science and Seminar
Environmental Law Teaching Biology and Seminar
Environmental Law and Policy Teaching Earth Science and Seminar
Environmental Radiation and Nuclear Site Criteria The Climate System
Evolution in Context for Teachers Public Transit Plan and Design