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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

AND

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 Spring 2015 term:

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.