Courses

Cornell Offers a Climate Change Minor 

The minor requires 6 courses (18 credits) with three required courses, and three courses chosen from a broad list. At least 3 of the courses taken for the minor must be courses not used to fulfill major or other minor requirements. More information about the minor.


Cornell Courses with a Climate Change Component

The courses below address climate change issues and/or solutions in some way, shape or form. Note that not all are offered every year. To add courses, email cdc25@cornell.edu

Many of these courses meet requirements for Climate Change Minor. See the latest information about the minor.

  • AEM 2500 – Environmental and Resource Economics
  • BEE 2510 – Engineering for a Sustainable Society
  • BEE 3299 – Sustainable Development
  • BEE 4750 – Environmental Systems Analysis
  • BEE 4800 – Our Changing Atmosphere: Global Change and Atmospheric Chemistry (also EAS 4800)
  • BSOC/STS 2061 – Ethics and the Environment
  • BSOC 3311 – Environmental Governance
  • BSOC/STS 4131 – Comparative Environmental History (also PHIL 2460)
  • CEE 6650 – Energy Engineering
  • CEE 4650 – Tranportation, Energy, and Environment Systems for Sustainable Development
  • CHEME 6660 – Analysis of Sustainable Energy Systems
  • COMM 3070 – Communicating for Impact: Developing Strategic Messages
  • COMM 3210 – Communication and the Environment
  • CRP 3011 – Ethics, Development, and Globalization
  • CRP 3506/6506 – Environmental Planning Seminar: Wilderness and Wildlands – Sustaining the Built Environment
  • CRP 3840 – Green Cities 
  • DSOC/SOC 3240/STS 3241 – Environment, Society, and Land
  • EAS 1101 – Earth Science in the 21st Century
  • EAS 1108 – Earth in the News
  • EAS 1420 FWS: – Sustainable Earth, Energy, and Environmental Systems
  • EAS 1540 – Introductory Oceanography (also BIOEE 1540)
  • EAS 2021 - Humans and Climate Change (also COML 2021)
  • EAS 2680 – Climate and Global Warming
  • EAS 3030 – Introduction to Biogeochemistry (also NTRES 3030)
  • EAS 3050 – Climate Dynamics
  • EAS 3340 – Microclimatology
  • EAS 4400 – Seminar on Climate Change Science, Impacts, and Mitigation
  • EAS 4830 – Environmental Biophysics
  • EAS 6480 – Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry (also MAE 6480)
  • ECE/ENGRG/HIST 2500/STS 2501 – Technology in Society
  • ECE/ENGRG 3600/STS 3601 – Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice
  • ENTOM/PLHRT 4730 – Ecology of Agriculture Systems
  • ESS 2000 – Environmental and Sustainability Sciences Colloquium
  • GOVT/IARD/PLSCS/STS 4303 - The GMO Debate: Science and Society
  • GOVT 4367/HIST 4376/STS 4621 – Geopolitics on Ice: Technology, Resources, and War in the Polar Regions 
  • HIST/AMST/BSOC 2581 – Environmental History
  • ILRIC 4313/6013 – Labor, the Environment, and Climate Change
  • LAW 7358 – International Environmental Law
  • MAE 5010 – Future Energy Systems
  • NTRES 1101 – Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • NTRES 2010 – Environmental Conservation
  • NTRES 2201 – Society and Natural Resources
  • NTRES 2320 – Nature and Culture
  • NTRES 3220 – Global Ecology and Management
  • NTRES 3240/6240 – Sustainable Water Resource Management in the Face of Climate Change
  • NTRES 3320 – Introduction to Ethics and Environment
  • NTRES 4200 – Forest Ecology
  • NTRES 4220 – Wetland Ecology
  • NTRES 4300 – Environment and Natural Resources Policy Processes
  • NTRES 4330 – Applied Environmental Philosophy
  • NTRES/FDSC/IARD 4800 – Global Seminar: Building Sustainable Environments and Secure Food Systems for a Modern World
  • PADM 5450 – International Public and NGO Management
  • PHIL 1940 – Global Thinking (also GOVT 2947)
  • PLHRT 3600 - Climate Change and the Future of Food
  • PLBIO  2400 - Green World/Blue Planet
  • PLSCS 3210 - Soil Management for Sustainability
  • PADM 5450 – International Public and NGO Management
  • PLSCS 3210 – Soil and Crop Management for Sustainability
  • PLSCS 4100/6100 – Plant Responses to Environmental Stresses and Global Climate Change
  • PLSCS 4660 – Soil Ecology
  • SEA 3780 - Oceans and Climate: Oceans in the Global Carbon Cycle
  • SEA 3790 - SEA Ocean Science and Public Policy (HA)
  • STS 3241 – Environment and Society
  • STS 4291 – Politics of Science

For more information on courses with a climate change component, see the Cornell Sustainability Curricula. There are more than 200 courses relating to energy, environment, and economic development identified as specifically and substantially addressing sustainability compiled by the Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future.