Climate Change and Sustainability Minor

Climate Change and Sustainability is an interdisciplinary minor, under the direction of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and housed in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. 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 through electives and the capstone course. 

A minor in Climate Change and Sustainability requires completion of a minimum of 18 credits. Six of the credits must be at the 3000 level or above. Two courses of the minor cannot be double counted but may be free electives for the student’s major. 

Required Courses (12 cr.)

  • POLI.1750 Intro to Environmental Politics
  • ATMO.1410/ENVI.2020 Weather and Climate1 OR Earth Systems: Atmosphere and Oceans1
  • Choose one from the following:
    • ENVI.1100 Global Environmental Studies1
    • ENVI.1110 Sustainable Solutions for People and the Planet
    • ENVI.1200 Principles of Environmental Science
    • ENVI.2010 Earth Systems: Geosphere1
    • GEOL.1010 General Geology1
  • ENVI.4160 Climate Change Science, Communication, and Solutions2
  • ENVI.4170 Climate Change Science, Communication, and Solutions Lab2

Electives (6 cr.)

Choose two from the following3

  • ARHI.3650 Art and Environment
  • ECON.3190 Public Finance
  • ECON.4010  Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • ECON.4150 Intro to Environmental Economics
  • ENGL.3245 Writing about the Environment
  • FAHS.2200 Designing the Future World
  • HIST.3151 Food in American History
  • HIST.3160 American Environmental History
  • HIST.4320 Research Seminar-Environmental History of the Middle East
  • LGST.3670 Environmental Law
  • PHIL.3270 Environmental Philosophy
  • POLI.3320 The Politics of Food
  • POLI.3570 Thoreau in Our Time
  • POLI.3580 Global Environmental Policy
  • POLI.3630 Politics of China
  • PUBH.2080 Principles of Environmental Health Sciences
  • PUBH.2110 Sustainable Development
  • SOCI.2110 Sociology of Food
  • SOCI.3110 Sociological Perspectives on Communication and Social Change
  • SOCI.3300 Fast Food, Hot Planet

1Course has co-requisite lab. Laboratory requirement may be waived with permission of instructor.  

2Capstone course. Directed study or other upper level course may be substituted with permission of program coordinator if capstone is not available. 

3Other courses may count toward elective credit with the approval of program coordinator.  

For more information, contact Lori Weeden, program coordinator.