The University of Montana offers the nation's first interdisciplinary, undergraduate degree program in climate change. By combining rigorous coursework from over a dozen colleges and departments, the Climate Change Studies program provides students a unique opportunity to understand and engage with climate change. Students from over 20 different departments collaborate in CCS’s wide range of classes, field studies, and projects to build a diverse community of climate leaders.
“The climate change topic is rapidly evolving from only an earth science issue to a technological, economic and sociological issue. We have designed a broad interdisciplinary curriculum to reflect this expanding focus.”
Dr. Steve Running, former Climate Change Studies Program Director, and a lead author on the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The CCS minor educates students in three areas of the climate change issue: science, society, and solutions. Coursework in the minor provides a foundation that enables students to engage the scientific, societal and political dimensions of global climate change. Further, the focus on solutions with its orientation toward applied learning helps students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.