2014 course offerings that will apply toward a Climate Change Studies minor
The Climate Change Studies minor draws students from across campus and from varied disciplines. Already students from over twenty different majors have enrolled in the minor, including applied sciences, environmental studies, geosciences, biology, ecology, wildlife biology, geography, resource conservation, wildland restoration, philosophy, business management, and journalism. Students actively engage in climate change through internships, research, field-based courses, and capstone projects.
A hallmark of the Climate Change Studies program is that students engage directly with climate solutions, both through campus initiatives and through work with local and regionally-based organization. Every student in the minor is required to complete an internship or take a course with an applied project in which they work with campus initiatives, local businesses, government agencies, or non-profits to develop solutions. Below are links to past and upcoming student internships.
The Climate Change Studies Program, in conjunction with the College of Forestry and Conservation, offers a competitive grants program to support undergraduate student summer fieldwork. Funding is available through a USDA Higher Education Challenge grant designed to support the training of leaders in climate change and natural resources through experiential and field-based learning.
Each year, students travel to Vietnam to study climate change in the Mekong Delta, meeting with people on the ground to learn about impacts and adaptation within the context of Vietnam's culture, ecology, and economy. Students also study climate change impacts and responses in Montana, traveling across the state's agricultural lands and mountain ecosystems to connect with people and places affected by a changing climate.
Students design and implement capstone projects involving creative solutions to climate change. Each year, through the Climate Change Practicum course and the active student group, UM Climate Action Now, students draw on their knowledge and skill to take leadership on projects that address climate change.