The sustainability and climate action certificate at UW-Eau Claire is designed for students concerned about the escalating climate crisis and looking to help achieve a more sustainable world. Curriculum within the certificate promotes an understanding of how technological advances and changes to policy and behavior can mitigate climate change as well as improve the adaptability of human and natural systems.
With the freedom to select courses you are most interested in, this certificate is designed to complement nearly any field of study. Apply what you learn to a wide variety of future academic pursuits or career paths — all while helping to save our world.
Solutions to real-world problems. The impacts of climate change are ever-increasing and far-reaching. Through foundational courses in climate science, policies and systems, you will gain the knowledge to amplify current solutions — and contribute new ideas — to address the pressing issue of climate change.
A campus that values sustainability. UWEC has a Student Sustainability Resource Center, which is a space for all student activity, outreach and research related to sustainability. Here, you can be a part of a campus community that shares your value of conservation and passion for making the world a better place.
Multi-disciplinary coursework. With courses from a variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, geography, and physics, the sustainability and climate action certificate is far from one-dimensional. You'll gain an in-depth, interdisciplinary understanding of climate change as well as how it can be sustainably and effectively addressed.
Curriculum within this certificate will give you the tools to explain climate change from a scientific viewpoint while excluding false narratives. Coursework will focus on four core areas: climate science fundamentals; climate policies and systems; scientific and technological solutions; and societal transitions. You will also identify and interpret connections between social and climate systems, including how policy decisions impact climate change and how climate change threatens social systems.
What classes do sustainability and climate action students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Environmental biology and conservation
- Chemistry and climate
- Global environmental change
- Geography of food
- Global energy
- Public health
- Sustainable cities
Learn more about the sustainability and climate action certificate in the UWEC course catalog.