Climate Science & Policy Minor

We offer the Climate Science & Policy minor to provide students from across campus with basic background in climate change science as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies. Students will gain understanding of scientific, social, institutional, and economic dimensions of climate change, as well as background on the sustainability discourse, and will be able to articulate linkages between climate change and their primary field of study.

Minor Requirements

Courses   Prerequisites Quarters Units
ATM 116 Modern Climate Change None I 3
ESP 165 Climate Policy ESP 1 or ECN 1A or consent of instructor III 3
Select One
DES 127A Sustainable Design DES 1 II 4
LDA 3 Sustainable Development None III 4
Select One
ATM 5 Global Climate Change None I 3
SAS 25 or 25V Global Climate Change None II 3
Select 11 Units From
AMS 101G† New Directions in American Studies None varies 4
AMS 150 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Justice None I 4
ATM 128 Radiation and Satellite Meteorology ATM 60; PHY 9B; MAT 22B; MAT 21D II 4
CRD 158 Community Governance CRD 1 or SOC 1 or POL 1 II 4
ECI 123 Urban Systems & Sustainability Upper division standing III 4
ECI 149 Air Pollution MAT 21D, MAT 22B, CHE 2B; ATM 121A or ENG 103 I 4
ENL 184 Literature and the Environment UWP 1 or ENL 3 varies 4
ESP/ECI 163** Energy & Env Aspects of Transportation ECN 1A or ENG 106 I 4
ESP 171 Urban and Regional Planning ESP 1 recommended III 4
GEL 108 Paleoclimates GEL 1 or GEL 50 or GEL/ESP 116N; CHE 2A III 3
PMI 129Y One Health Fundamentals None I 3
WFC 168 Climate Change Ecology BIS 2B; ESP 100 or EVE 101 II 4

†Special topics can vary – credit for the minor only given for the topic of environmental justice
I = fall quarter, II = winter quarter, III = spring quarter, IV = summer session
*Course is offered in odd years only (2019, 2021, etc.)
**Course is offered in even years only (2020, 2022, etc.)