Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Climate Science and Impacts Engineering Concentration

Program Overview

The aim of the Climate Science and Impact Engineering concentration is to provide a flexible program for those interested in pursuing further graduate education or careers in industry. The Climate Science and Impact Engineering concentration prepares you for graduate studies, climate modeling, and a position in "value added" industries that provide water resource, agricultural, seasonal recreation, and transportation industries with near-term climate analyses and predictions. Positions in government agencies serving to make policy or federal laboratories conducting climate research also are open to you. The program also provides students who are interested in both climate science and in a second area of expertise, such as the traditional engineering disciplines, policy, or law course options. There is a need for scientists and engineers who can carry out evaluation and engineering activities that require expertise both in climate science and in the engineering disciplines. These include issues related to air quality, energy engineering, sustainability, and water resources.

Program Advisors

Professor Mark Moldwin
1418 Space Research Building
Phone: 734-647-3370
mmoldwin@umich.edu

Or

Lindsay Coleman
2237 Space Research Building
Phone: 734-764-3282
colemali@umich.edu 

Degree Requirements

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CoE Core Courses (39 hrs.)

The College of Engineering requires that every engineering student, regardless of their proposed engineering major, complete specific courses in the core subjects of mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics. The Climate & Space department requires that Climate & Space declared students must earn a "C-" or better in all CoE Core courses, which are listed below with the number of credits for each course given in parenthesis:

  • Math 115 - Calculus I (4)
  • Math 116 - Calculus II (4)
  • Math 215 - Calculus III (4)
  • Math 216 - Introduction to Differential Equations (4)
  • Engineering 100 - Introduction to Engineering (4)
  • Engineering 101 - Introduction to Computers and Programming (4)
  • Chemistry 130 (3) with Chemistry 125/126 (2), or Chemistry 210 (4) with Chemistry 211 (1)
  • Physics 140 (4) with Physics 141 (1)
  • Physics 240 (4) with Physics 241 (1)

For more information regarding the CoE Core course requirements, please visit the CoE Bulletin.

Intellectual Breadth (16 hrs)

It is important that you learn about modes of thought and areas of human accomplishment to better understand the solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context beyond the purely technical. To assist students to gain a greater scope of diverse knowledge and to facilitate creativity, the College of Engineering (CoE) requires that students, who have matriculated into the CoE complete the Intellectual Breadth requirement.
Under the Intellectual Breadth requirement, each student must select 16 credits of intellectual breadth courses, subject to these rules:

  • Humanities: At least 3 credits of Humanities classes marked HU in the LSA Course Guide; credit by test cannot be used to meet this requirement.
  • Professional & Creative Development Courses (PCDC): No more than 4 credits of PCDC. This means a student may count up to 4 credits of PCDC toward their Intellectual Breadth requirement, but completing a PCDC is not mandatory.
  • Liberal Arts Courses (LACs): The remainder of the 16 credits is drawn from any of the LACs.
  • At least 3 credits of Humanities or LACs must be at the 300 level or higher. This is known as the Upper Division requirement. Please note that PCDCs cannot fulfill this requirement.

For a complete explanation of the Intellectual Breadth requirement, and a listing of PCDC and LAC courses, please refer to the Intellectual Breadth section of the CoE Bulletin.

Core Courses (38 hrs.)

  • CLIMATE 320 Earth and Space System Evolution (3)
  • CLIMATE 321 Earth and Space System Dynamics (3)
  • CLIMATE 323 Earth System Analysis (4)
  • CLIMATE 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics (3)
  • CLIMATE 380 Introduction to Radiative Transfer (3)
  • CLIMATE 401 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3)
  • CLIMATE 405 Data Analysis and Visualization (4) (New Course)
  • CLIMATE 410 Earth System Modeling (4)
  • CLIMATE 414 Weather Systems (3)
  • CLIMATE 462 Instrumentation for Atmos & Space Sciences (4)
  • CLIMATE 455 Capstone Design (4) (New Course); or Student may take year-long (2 credits each term) CLIMATE 499 Directed Study as a Senior Thesis option

Concentration Courses (35 hrs.)

  • CLIMATE 473 Climate Physics (3)
  • Statistics/GIS Elective (3) (See table below)
  • Climate/Climate Change Elective (3) (See table below)
  • Energy/Sustainability Elective (3) (See table below)
  • Interactions Elective (4) (See table below)
  • Technical Electives (10)
  • Unrestricted Electives (9)

Suggested Climate/Climate Change Electives

 

Class Number

Class Title

Credit Hrs

CLIMATE 466

Carbon-Climate  Interactions

3

CLIMATE 474

Ice Sheets, Glaciers and Climate Change

3

CLIMATE 480

Climate Change: The Move To Action

3

Suggested Atmosphere/Land/Ocean Interactions Electives

 

 

 

Class Number

 

Class Title

 

Credit Hrs

CLIMATE 421

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

3

CLIMATE 420/NAVARCH 420

Environmental Ocean Dynamics

4

CLIMATE 467

Biogeochemical  Cycles

3

CLIMATE 475

Earth System Interactions

4

EEB 320/ENVIRON 311

Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands: Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems

 

4

EEB 380

Oceanography: Marine Ecology

3

Suggested Energy/
Sustainability Electives

 

 

Class Number

Class Title

Credit Hrs

CEE 265

 

Sustainable Engineering Practices

 

3

CEE 365

Environmental Engineering Principles

4

EARTH 344

Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options and Consequences

 

3

ENVIRON 312

Environmental Politics and Policy

3

ENVIRON 367

Global Enterprise and Sustainable Development

 

3

MECHENG 433

Advanced Energy Solutions

3

NRE 574

Sustainable Energy Systems

3

Suggested Statistics/GIS Electives

 

 

Class Number

Class Title

Credit Hrs

CEE 270

Statistical Methods for Data Analysis and Uncertainty Modeling

 

3

EARTH 408

 

Introduction to GIS in the Earth Sciences

 

3

NRE 531

Principles of GIS

4

STATS 250

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

 

4

STATS 412

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

3

STATS 425/MATH425

Introduction to Probability

3