Climate Change Initiative

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) 

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


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


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
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