Climate Change Initiative

Academic Programs

Many courses related to climate change and sustainability are currently available at UMass Lowell. New academic programs in climate change are also currently under development and will be posted as soon as they are available.

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

New Undergraduate Minors

  • 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.
    More information can be found online; you can also contact 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 Sciences)

Undergraduate Courses 

Many courses related to climate change and sustainability are currently available at UMass Lowell. New academic programs in climate change are also currently under development and will be posted as soon as they are available.

For the latest course information please visit the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog.

New Undergraduate Minors

  • 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.
    More information can be found online; you can also contact 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 Sciences)

Undergraduate Courses 

Air Pollution
Physical Properties of Matter
Environmental Geochemistry
Earth and Environmental Systems Laboratory
Earth and Environmental Systems II
Earth and Environmental Systems I
Environmental Problems Seminar
Environmental Science Seminar
Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics II
Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics I
Physical Meteorology
Physical Climatology
Atmospheric Thermodynamics
Weather and Climate Laboratory
Weather and Climate
The Nature of Science
Nutrition and Disease
Life Science II
Life Science I
Evolutionary Biology
Biology of Global Change
Climate Change: Science, Communication and Solutions
Environmental Microbiology
Principles of Ecology
Principles of Ecology Laboratory 
Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology
Human Ecology
Managing Innovation
Marketing Principles 
Directed Study in Environmental Policy 
Designing the Future World
Sustainable Development
Introduction to Environmental Economics
Global Environmental Policy
Thoreau in Our Time
Introduction to Environmental Politics 
Environmental Philosophy
American Environmental History
Environmental Studies Practicum
Environmental Law
Principles of Environmental Health
Socio-Ecological Health Assessment
Community Health and Environment
Environmental Health Seminar
Green Energy Engineering
Electric Vehicle Technology
Alternative Energy Sources
Introduction to LEED

Graduate

  • Air Pollution Control
  • Air Pollution Phenomenology
  • Alternate Energy Sources
  • Atmospheric Structure and Dynamics
  • Biology of Global Change
  • Climate Change: Science, Communication and Solutions*
  • The Climate System
  • Comparative Environmental Studies
  • Economic Analysis
  • Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Energy and Environment
  • Energy Engineering Workshop
  • Environmental Aquatic Chemistry
  • Environmental Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental Radiation and Nuclear Site Criteria
  • Evolution in Context for Teachers
  • Green and Sustainable Civil Engineering
  • Introduction to Environmental Economics
  • Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • Politics and Economics of Public Policy
  • Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
  • Simple Atmospheric Models
  • Solar Engineering Fundamentals
  • Solar Systems Engineering
  • Sustainable Housing Development and Land Use: Policy and Practice
  • Sustainable Water Infrastructure
  • Teaching General Science and Seminar
  • Teaching Biology and Seminar
  • Teaching Earth Science and Seminar
  • The Climate System 
  • Air Pollution
  • Alternative Energy Sources
  • Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics I
  • Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • American Environmental History
  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Biology of Global Change
  • Climate Change: Science, Communication and Solutions*
  • Community Health and Environment
  • Designing the Future World
  • Directed Study in Environmental Policy
  • Earth and Environmental Systems I
  • Earth and Environmental Systems Laboratory
  • Earth and Environmental Systems II
  • Ecology, Evollution and Conservation Biology
  • Electric Vehicle Technology
  • Environmental Geochemistry
  • Environmental Health Seminar
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Environmental Science Seminar
  • Environmental Problems Seminar
  • Environmental Studies Practicum
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Global Environmental Policy
  • Green Energy Engineering
  • Human Ecology
  • Introduction to Environmental Economics
  • Introduction to Environmental Politics
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Introduction to LEED
  • Life Science I
  • Life Science II
  • Managing Innovation
  • Marketing for Nonprofits
  • Marketing Principles 
  • Nutrition and Disease
  • Physical Climatology
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Physical Properties of Matter
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Principles of Ecology Laboratory
  • Principles of Environmental Health
  • Public Transit Plan and Design
  • Regional Health and Environment
  • Socio-Ecological Health Assessment
  • Sociological Approaches to the Environment
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Housing Development and Land Use: Conflict, Policy and Practice
  • The Nature of Science
  • Thoreau in Our Time*
  • Weather and Climate
  • Weather and Climate Laboratory