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

Climate Impact Engineering

The Study of Earth's Changing Climate

The objective of the Climate Impact Engineering concentration in the Climate & Space ESSE undergraduate program is to provide students with an understanding of the relationship between Earth’s changing climate and characteristics of the Earth system that are affected by it.  To do this, students receive training in the fundamentals of Earth system science, through the Climate & Space undergraduate core courses, and they examine the impact of environmental factors on the Earth system through a set of approved concentration courses.  Concentration courses are taken in designated pairs in order to promote a depth of study into particular aspects of climate impact. At least one experiential course from an approved list is also required – to promote hands-on learning outside the traditional classroom environment.

Climate Impact Engineering Concentration Advisor:

Richard B Rood
2525 SRB
rbrood@umich.edu
Phone: (734) 647-3530

Sample Climate Impact Engineering Concentration Schedule

  Credit Hours   Semester
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Subjects required by all programs (55 hrs.)                    
Mathematics 115, 116, 215, and 216 16   4 4 4 4
ENG 100 Intro to Engr 4   4
ENG 101 Intro to Computers 4   4
Chemistry 125/126 and 130 or Chemistry 210/211 5   5
Physics 140/141; 240/241 10   5 5
Humanities and Social Sciences 16   3 3 3 4 3
Required Core Courses (28 hrs.)                    
Climate & Space 320 Earth System Evolution 4   4
Climate & Space 321 Earth System Dynamics 4   4
Climate & Space 323 Earth System Analysis 4   4
Climate & Space 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 4   4
Climate & Space 370 Solar-Terrestrial Relations 4   4
Climate & Space 380 Introduction to Radiative Transfer 4   4
Climate & Space 410 Earth System Modeling 4   4
Concentration Courses (25 hrs.)                    
Climate & Space 480 Climate Change 3             3
ENGR 450 Multidisciplinary Design 4                 4
Concentration Experiential 4                 4
Concentration Group I (2 course group; from approved list) 7     4 3
Concentration Group II (2 course group; from approved list) 7   4 3
Elective Courses (20 hrs.)                    
Technical Electives 9   4   1 4
Unrestricted Elective 11   -- 6 5  
Total 128   16 16 16 16 15 18 16 15

 

Climate Impact Engineering Concentration Approved Experiential Courses

  • Climate & Space 462 Instrumentation for Atmos. and Space Sci. (4)
  • Climate & Space 475 Earth System (4)
  • Climate & Space 414 Weather Systems (3)
  • Climate & Space 588 Regional Scale Climate

Climate Impact Engineering Approved Concentration Group Courses

  • Climate & Space 411 Cloud & Precip (3) / Climate & Space 422 Boundary Layer Meteorology (4)
  • Climate & Space 463 (ENSCEN 463) Air Pollution Meteorology (3) / Climate & Space 479 (ENSCEN 479) Atmospheric Chemistry (4)
  • ENVIRON 367 Global Enterprise & Sustainable Development (3) / NRE 550 Systems Thinking for Sustainable Development (3)
  • ENVIRON 312 Environmental Politics and Policy (3) / ENG 521 Clean Tech Entrepreneurship (3)
  • ENVIRON 408 Land Use, Policy and Law (3) / CMPLXSYS 250 Social Systems and Energy (3)
  • CEE 230 Energy and Environment (3) / CEE 265 Sustainable Engineering Principles (3)
  • NAVARCH 420 Environmental Ocean Dynamics (4) / NAVARCH 455. Environmental Nearshore Dynamics (4)
  • NRE 541 Remote Sensing for Environmental GIS (4) / NRE 531 Principles of GIS (4)
  • NRE 558 Water Resource Policy (3) / NRE 559 International Environmental Policy and Law (3)
  • EEB 320 Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands: Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems (4)/ EEB 380 Oceanography: Marine Ecology (4)
  • EARTH 284 Environmental Geology (4) / EARTH 325 Environmental Geochemistry (3)