Scientists talk about the usefulness of their data while practitioners talk about the usability of data. The Climate & Space Applied Climate MEng is the bridge between the two and as a student you are the translator and, with a foundation in science and engineering, jobs in public policy, urban planning, public health, water management, and engineering are opened up to you. The ability to translate useful information into useable information is the goal of this degree and is built upon developing skills and knowledge in:
The program culminates with a sponsor-defined “hands-on” project that will expose patterns of problem solving and will allow you to structure end-to-end systems that link data, information, knowledge, planning, decisions, and actions. These are skills that students will find they can use in many professions.
Graham Sustainability Institute
The Applied Climate student’s coursework will culminate in a capstone project. Many of these projects are conducted through a partnership with U-M’s Graham Sustainability Institute and its family of centers and programs.
Example projects includes:
The goal of program for each student is to have the expertise that will enable you to be the expert at the interface between climate science and practitioners.
Courses required of Applied Climate Program students fall into three categories:
Undergraduate Requirements for Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering (BSE)
Subjects required by all concentration 55 hrs
Required Core Subjects 28 hrs
Concentration Subjects + Electives 45 hrs
Total: 128 hrs
Masters of Engineering (MEng) Requirements require 31 additional credit hours. This program will allow 6 credits to be double counted by Climate & Space SGUS students. Eighteen (18) hours need to be at the 500 levels and higher.
Departmental Core Courses (19 Credit Hours)
The five core courses required of the MEng Applied Climate students cover aspects of applied research and engineering that are considered fundamental and necessary parts of our educational program. These courses are listed below.
Two courses among five cover both relevant aspects of physical phenomena (such as a change in regional climate, air pollution, extreme weather events) and methods (such as downscaling, integrated assessment and modeling, sustainable environmental systems, methods of environmental monitoring). Three other courses constitute the three sequential parts of one Program Project (see below). One part of the Program Project is an introduction to the scientific and engineering approaches in environmental and climate change data mining and data management. The remaining two parts are centered around a year-long hands-on project that focuses on applied research in production and management of climate information; risk analysis; uncertainties assessment; formulation of adaptive climate strategies; and the systems approach to conceiving, designing, managing and operating complex observing and modeling systems.
Concentration Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)
Students select two from an approved list of applied science and engineering-specific courses. These courses are intended to allow students to tailor the program to their individual interests while maintaining a focus on aspects of climate science. These courses are listed below. In any term, there is likely to be a 605 course, which is a Current Topics course. Check with advisor to determine if this course can be used for a Concentration Elective. There are many courses across the University. With Advisor’s approval, students can use these courses to tailor their curriculum. The list, here, from other departments is pre-approved.
Courses in CLIMATE (formally AOSS)
Breadth Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)
Students select two from a list of the courses with topics generally related to environment and applied research. These courses are intended to provide breadth. They will permit students to pursue advanced, graduate level studies in a wide variety of specialized topics that are relevant to applied science and engineering. In any term, there is likely to be a 605 course, which is a Current Topics course. Check with advisor to determine if this course can be used for a Breadth Elective. There are many courses across the University. With Advisor’s approval, students can use these courses to tailor their curriculum. The list, here, from other departments is pre-approved.
Courses in CLIMATE (formally AOSS)
General Admission Information
The application deadline for the Winter MEng student cohort is October 1 and for the Fall MEng student cohort, February 1. The program code is: 02051. It is recommended that you submit your application early to ensure that it arrives on or before the deadline. If your application will be significantly delayed, please contact Sandra Pytlinski to discuss your situation. Information about the cost of attending the University of Michigan is available from The Office of Registrar.
All Climate & Space MEng students are admitted to the program through the College of Engineering. Climate & Space requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. All international students need to provide TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS scores. However, if you’ve graduated from an undergraduate program where the language of instruction is exclusively English, then the TOEFL requirement is waived. Admission decisions will be made by the program adviser, who will evaluate the undergraduate courses previously taken by a student to determine whether the undergraduate degree is appropriate for this program.
Need-based funding may be available, usually in the form of a student loan, through the University’s Office of Financial Aid, (734) 763-6600. There are application materials required to complete this process.
The Michigan Difference:
As part of the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Climate & Space offers high-quality academic programs that combine extensive hands-on experience at all levels with a strong emphasis on the theoretical and applied aspects of specific areas of concentration.