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.4160 Climate Change Science, Communication, and Solutions2
  • ENVI.4170 Climate Change Science, Communication, and Solutions Lab2

Electives (6 cr.)

Choose two from the following3

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.