Climate Change - Minor

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time.  It will impact every aspect of our lives, and unless our economies take aggressive action to reduce emissions, today’s students will live through climate change unprecedented in modern human history.  The minor in climate change aims to provide an overview of how the climate system works from an earth systems sciences perspective and how humans and the environment interact within it. The Climate Change minor draws on multiple courses exploring the science of climate change as well as the multitude of impacts ranging from farming and food production, water availability, ocean acidification to the potential of sustainable energy to replace fossil fuels, as well as the policy decisions governments are making. Students learn about climate change and how to understand and forecast its potential impacts from varied disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, while getting a firm grounding in the basic physical, ecological and social sciences.