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Specialization

Climate Change Science and Solutions

Our Vision

Human induced climate change is one of the main drivers of the Anthropocene. The physical science of the earth's climate and its sensitivity to pollution is remarkably complex and an area of intense study. The resulting perturbations to the earth system permeate through and impact ecological and human systems. Businesses, ecosystems, industry, societies and political systems are all vulnerable to climate change. These systems also impact the earth's climate system and interact with climate change to create negative and positive feedbacks. This specialization will focus on the science of climate change, as well as effective ways to address it.

Program / Courses

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Purpose and Scope

Human induced climate change is one of the main drivers of the Anthropocene. The physical science of the earth's climate and its sensitivity to pollution is remarkably complex and an area of intense study. The resulting perturbations to the earth system permeate through and impact ecological and human systems. Businesses, ecosystems, industry, societies and political systems are all vulnerable to climate change and threats to air quality. These systems also impact the earth's climate system and interact with climate change to create negative and positive feedbacks. This specialization will focus on climate change. Two core specialization classes provides an advanced-level understanding of the natural and social science of climate change. Students must also take four elective courses more centered on their own specific interests. One of the electives must be a seminar that will pursue climate change topics at a more advanced level.

Specialization Coordinator: Peter Raymond

Core

Two required courses.
Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 630
The Physical Science of Climate Change
  Lee
  Lee
ENV 840
Climate Change Policy and Perspectives
Esty
M,W 10:00-11:20
  Esty
Tentative
 
 

Elective

Students must complete four elective courses, one of which must be from the “Practicums and Seminars” bin. The remaining three courses may come from any of the four bins.
 

Climate Mitigation

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 584
Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 635
Renewable Energy Project Finance
  Gross
  Tentative
ENV 716
Renewable Energy
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 800
Energy Economics and Policy Analysis
Gillingham
Tu,Th 10:00-11:20
  Gillingham  
ENV 814
Energy Systems Analysis
  Rao
Rao  
ECON 331
The Economics of Energy and Climate Change
       
EPS 274
Fossil Fuels and Energy Transitions
       
ENAS 673
Air Quality and Energy
       
GLBL 730
Managing the Clean Energy Transition: Contemporary Energy and Climate Change Policy Making
       
 

Climate Impacts

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 645
Urbanization, Global Change and Sustainability
Seto
M 3:00-5:50
  Seto  
ENV 721
Climate Change Adaptation; Resilience and Resistance in Global Health
        Faculty
Tentative
 
ENV 734
Biological Oceanography
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 773
Air Pollution Control (APC)
Gentner
M,W 2:30-3:45
  Gentner
Tentative
 
ENV 793
Abrupt Climate Change and Societal Collapse
Weiss
Th 3:30-5:20
    Tentative
ENV 817
Urban, Suburban, and Regional Planning Practice
Kooris
W 5:00-7:50
  Kooris  
CDE 547
Climate Change and Public Health
       
EPS 140
Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environmental Change
       
 

Climate & Society

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 590
The Climate Change Negotiations: A Practical Approach
        Biniaz
Tentative
 
ENV 642
Environmental Justice/Climate Justice
Torres
Tu,Th 1:00-2:20
  Torres  
ENV 719
Making Climate Knowledge
        Faculty
Tentative
 
ENV 761
Negotiating International Agreements: The Case of Climate Change
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 873
Global Environmental History
  Tentative
  Tentative
ENV 878
Climate and Society: Past to Present
Dove
Th 1:30-3:20
  Dove  
ANTH 791
Paleoclimate and Human Response
       
ECON 432
Economics of Social Catastrophes: Climate Change and Pandemics
       
 

Practicums and Seminar Classes

Course Fall 2020 Spring 2021 Fall 2021 Spring 2022
ENV 674
Seminar in Forest Ecosystem Health and Climate Change
  Ashton
  Tentative
ENV 701
Climate Change Economics Seminar
          Mendelsohn
ENV 718
Physical Science Climate Change
  Raymond
       
ENV 959
Clinic in Climate Justice, Climate Policy, the Law, and Public Health
Engelman-Lado
Th 3:00-4:50
Engelman-Lado
Engelman-Lado
Tentative
Tentative
ENV 960
Climate Solutions Capstone: Nature Based Solutions Clinic
Gentry
Tu,Th 3:00-4:20
         
ENV 979
Climate Solutions Capstone: Sub-National Actors Clinic
  Klee
  Tentative
ENV 981
Climate, Animals, Food, and Environment Law & Policy Lab (Pre-Registration Deadline: June 25)
  Kysar
Kysar
Tentative
Tentative
ENV 984
Energy and Climate Change Policy Practicum
  Tentative
  Tentative
EPH 555
Practicum in Climate Change, Sustainability and Public Health
       
EPS 745
Seminar in Climate and Energy