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Climate Change

  • Professor Hurley; Associate Professors Finney, Joseph (Coordinator), Straub, Woodstock; Assistant Professor Berry; Assistant Professor, visiting Ashcroft.

  • The Climate Change (CCG) minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed for students interested in learning more of the science involving the global climate system, the natural and anthropogenic changes that have, are, and are likely to occur and the impacts on Earth and life on Earth, as well as important interactions with human systems, who can affect the climate system, but are also affected by it. The minor incorporates classes from multiple fields, including geological, ecological, marine, chemical, and social science perspectives. A minor in CCG consists of 28 credits. Required courses include:

    • Foundation (all required): ENVS-100 or 120, and BIO-101Q
    • Climate Science (select 2): ENVS-370, 452W, or ENVS/BIO-419W
    • Related Sciences (select 2): ENVS-180Q, 266Q, 361, 372, ENVS/BIO-330, ENVS/GEOS-142Q, or 240Q
    • Human Impact on Systems/ Climate-Related Social System (select 1): ENVS/SOC-220, 290, ENVS-242, 338, or 366 , ENVS/PHIL-248, or ENVS/MCS-302

    Other recommended courses include: ENVS-244, 454W, ENVS/HIST-254, ENVS/PSYCH-260, and STAT-141Q or MTH-111, in addition to those courses not already selected from within the minor categories.

    Students who plan to continue on within field of Climate Change after graduation are advised to talk with the CCG coordinator to determine the specific courses, and/or additional ones, that may be recommended for continuing on in a particular aspect of this field. CCG minors are also recommended to seek out and complete an XLP that provides additional experience and exposure to some aspect of climate change.

    For Environment and Sustainability (ENVS) or BIO majors wishing to minor in CCG, no more than 12 credits can be counted toward both their CCG minor and their major.

    Special topics and other new courses may count towards the CCG minor with permission of the CCG coordinator. Similarly, internships or courses taken during a study abroad or off campus program may also count towards the CCG minor with approval from the CCG minor coordinator.