Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Climate Change Solutions, Minor

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Anthropogenic climate change is arguably the most pressing issue facing humanity and the natural systems that sustain life on Earth. This minor, which complements any major, allows students to apply their particular intellectual and topical interests to the field of climate change.

Total Credits for the Minor: 15-16

A minimum of one-third of the required credits must be earned at UMF for a minor to be awarded.

Required course (3 credits):

One required science elective (3-4 credits):

Select three other electives (minimum 9 credits):

Learning Goals and Assessment Criteria

Learning Goals:

  • To learn the basic concepts and dynamics of the climate system. 

  • To understand the intersectional nature of climate change and the diverse social, cultural and human perspectives across time and space.

  • To consider the challenges to mitigate damages and adapt to the effects of anthropogenic climate change.

  • To compare and contrast the diverse range of potential climate solutions.

Assessment Criteria:

  • Integrate concepts and dynamics of climate change into class discussions, field and lab exercises, and various assignments.

  • Understand and critically evaluate academic scholarship focused on the human dimensions of climate change.  

  • Design and implement original research to explore the causes and potential solutions to the climate change dilemma.

  • Develop professional skills in writing, oral presentations, individual research, and group projects.

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