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 Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department (hereafter EEAS). 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. 

A minor in Climate Change and Sustainability requires completion of a minimum of 18 credits (6 courses-lecture plus lab equals one course) by following one of the options:

  1. Engineering/Health Sciences/Science option
  2. Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences/Management option

Requirements

Option 1 (Engineering/Health Sciences/Science)

Social Science Foundation Course

POLI.1750 Intro to Environmental Politics (Political Science)
Previous entitled Introduction to Environmental Studies. The name was changed to eliminate confusion with the Environmental Studies Program also housed in EEAS (Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences).

Science Foundation Courses  (8 credits, both lecture and lab required)

ENVI.2010 Earth & Environmental Systems I
ENVI.2030L Earth & Environmental Systems I Lab
ENVI.2020 Earth & Environmental Systems II
ENVI.2040L Earth & Environmental Systems II Lab
Capstone Course

BIOL.4160 Climate Change: Science, Communications and Solutions
Option 2 (Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences/Management)

Social Science Foundation Course 

POLI.1750 Intro to Environmental Politics (Political Science)
Previous entitled Introduction to Environmental Studies.  The name was changed to eliminate confusion with the Environmental Studies Program also housed in EEAS (Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences). 

Science Foundation Courses (7 credits)

GEOL.1010/1030L General Geology Lecture & Lab
ATMO.1410 Weather and Climate
Capstone Course

BIOL.4160 Climate Change: Science, Communications and Solutions
Electives

Choose from the courses listed below (minimum of two courses*) 

PUBH.2080 Principles of Environmental Health
LGST.3670 Environmental Law
HIST.3160 American Environmental History
PHIL.3270 Environmental Philosophy
POLI.3570 Thoreau in Our Time
POLI.3580 Global Environmental Policy
SOCI.3300 Fast Food, Hot Planet
ECON.4150 Intro to Environmental Economics
PUBH.2110 Sustainable Development**
GEOL.3310/3330L Earth History with lab
* Environmental Studies and Environmental Geoscience students may not use Earth History. Political Science students may not use more than one political science elective to serve both the major and the minor. All other students: no more than two courses may double count toward your major and minor.

** All three minors - Environment & Society (FAHSS); Environmental Health (SHP); and Climate Change and Sustainability (SS & SE) are planning additional courses focused on sustainability.

For more information, contact the Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.