Purpose and Scope
Human induced climate change is one of the main drivers of the Anthropocene. The physical science of the earth's climate and its sensitivity to pollution is remarkably complex and an area of intense study. The resulting perturbations to the earth system permeate through and impact ecological and human systems. Businesses, ecosystems, industry, societies and political systems are all vulnerable to climate change and threats to air quality. These systems also impact the earth's climate system and interact with climate change to create negative and positive feedbacks. This specialization will focus on climate change. Two core specialization classes provides an advanced-level understanding of the natural and social science of climate change. Students must also take four elective courses on climate change or air quality more centered on their own specific interests. One of the electives must be a seminar that will pursue climate change topics at a more advanced level.
Specialization Coordinator: Peter Raymond