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ENV Certificate Requirements: Climate and Energy Track

The Climate and Energy track is designed for students interested in one of today's most complex and urgent challenges: the environmental impact of our global energy system. Students will be exposed to the interdisciplinary dimensions of climate-energy problems and examine the complex links that exist between the growth of global population and affluence, greenhouse gas emissions, ecosystem responses, and policy alternatives. Among the topics to be explored are adaptation, mitigation, and the suffering resulting from global climate change.

Two (2) Foundation Courses in Environmental Science and Policy

Students enrolled in the Climate and Energy Track complete two (2) ENV foundation courses (one each in environmental science and environmental policy) by the end of their sophomore year. Under exceptional circumstances, substitutes may be allowed, but only with prior approval by the ENV Program Director

One (1) Environmental Science Course:

  • ENV 302: Practical Models for Environmental Systems OR
  • EEB 321: Ecology: Species Interactions, Biodiversity, and Society


One (1) Environmental Policy Course:

  • WWS 350: The Environment: Science and Policy

Three (3) Climate and Energy Electives

In addition to the foundational environmental science and policy courses, students in the Climate and Energy Track must take (3) three additional courses at the 300-level or above, from the approved list below. Except with the approval of the ENV Program Director or the Undergraduate Administrator, at least one of these three electives may not count towards the student's departmental concentration or another certificate. In all cases, students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director or Undergraduate Administrator to choose an appropriate sequence of courses.

The courses highlighted below will be offered in the Fall 2015 term:

  • ARC 406/ENV 406: Energy and Form
  • AST 309/MAE 309/PHY 309/ENE 309: Science and Technology of Nuclear Energy: Fission and Fusion
  • CBE 335/MAE 338/ENV 335/ENE 335: The Energy Water Nexus
  • CBE 421/CHM 421/ENE 421: Catalytic Chemistry
  • CEE 301/ENV 303/URB 303: Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 304/ENE 304/ENV 300: Environmental Implications of Energy Technologies
  • CEE 305/GEO 375/ENE 305: Environmental Fluid Mechanics   
  • CEE 311/CHM 311/GEO 311/ENE 311: Global Air Pollution
  • CEE 334/ENV 334/WWS 334: Global Environmental Issues
  • CEE 477/ENE 477: Engineering Design for Sustainable Development
  • CEE 490/ENE 490: Mathematical Modeling of Energy and Environmental Systems
  • CHM 333/ENV 333: Oil to Ozone: Chemistry of the Environment
  • CHM 406: Advanced Physical Chemistry, Chemical Dynamics and Thermodynamics
  • EEB 417B/ENV 417B: Ecosystems and Global Change
  • ELE 428/MAE 428/ CEE 428: Cleaner Transport Fuels, Combustion Sensing and Emission Control
  • ELE 431/MAE 431/ENV 431/EGR 431/ENE 431: Solar Energy Conversion
  • ELE 455/CEE 455/MAE 455/MSE 455: Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment
  • ENE 202/ARC 208: Designing Sustainable Systems - Applying the Science of Sustainability to Address Global Change
  • ENV 302/CEE 30/EEB 302:  Practical Models for Environmental Systems
  • GEO 366/ENV 339/WWS 451/ENE 366: Climate Change: Scientific Basis, Policy Implications
  • GEO 430: Climate and the Terrestrial Biosphere
  • HIS 422/NES 422: Energy and Empire
  • MAE 228/EGR 228/CBE 228/ENE 228: Energy Solutions for the Next Century
  • MAE 328/EGR 328/ENV 328/ENE 328: Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World
  • MAE 423/ENE 423: Heat Transfer
  • MAE 424/ENE 424: Energy Storage Systems
  • MAE 427/ENE 427: Energy Conversion and the Environment: Transportation Applications
  • NES 266/ENV 266: Oil, Energy, and the Middle East
  • ORF 474: Special Topics in Operations Research and Financial Engineering – Energy, Commodity, and Fixed Income Markets

Senior Thesis

Students seeking to earn the Certificate in Environmental Studies are required to include an environmental dimension within their departmental independent work. The environmental topic must be approved by both the ENV Program Director and the undergraduate representative of the student's department of concentration. The environmental content of the senior thesis will be reviewed as part of the ENV Senior Colloquium. Students may consult the archive of ENV Senior Thesis Titles for a comprehensive list of alumni senior theses contributions.

ENV Senior Colloquium

The ENV Senior Colloquium is required for seniors pursuing the ENV Certificate and provides guidance in the development of the senior thesis. The colloquium is noncredit and serves to supplement input that students receive from their departmental advisers by providing the interdisiplinary perspective of faculty and other ENV students. In the fall term, colloquium participants introduce their thesis topics as part of weekly group meetings. In the spring, all ENV seniors participate in Discovery Day, a poster show that is the culminating event for the Environmental Studies Program, and is an opportunity to share outcomes of  their senior thesis research with members of the University community.

Certificate of Proficiency

Students who have met the requirements of the Climate and Energy Track within the Environmental Studies Program and their home departments will receive a certificate of proficiency in environmental studies upon graduation.