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Curriculum & Research

UMass Lowell's six colleges and schools contain a variety of programs related to sustainability.

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Sciences
  • Manning School of Business
  • College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
  • Graduate School of Education

New Undergraduate Minors

Environment and Society (E&S)

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. For more information you can email Charlotte Ryan (Sociology) or Susan Gallagher (Political Science).

Climate Change and Sustainability

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

As part of our mission, the Climate Action Plan Academic Subcommittee encourages students to explore these academic programs as well as participate in progressive research.


UMass Lowell provides a wide variety of courses, programs, minors, and certificates for undergraduates and graduates interested in sustainability. As a leading research institution, the University supports sustainability and climate science through our many research centers, institutes, and labs.

Some of the Research Centers that focus on Sustainability include the: