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


New AOSS Concentration Available this Fall :: Climate Impact Engineering

Posted: August 24, 2010

New AOSS Concentration Available this Fall  :: Climate Impact Engineering

The AOSS Undergraduate program has a new concentration to excite incoming undergrads and current undergrads still seeking a focus. Beginning Fall term of 2010, Climate Impact Engineering will join the current three department concentrations of Meteorology, Climate Science, and Space Weather.

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing everyone on this planet. There is a pressing need for scientists and engineers with expertise both in climate science and in the engineering disciplines, such as air quality, energy engineering, sustainability, and water resources. In addition, there is also a need for people trained in both climate science and in governmental policy and law, among other disciplines.

The aim of the new concentration is to fill this need by providing training in the fundamentals of Earth system science, through the AOSS undergraduate core courses, and an introduction to aspects of other fields through a set of approved concentration courses. As a result, the students will be prepared broadly to assess the impact of climate change on engineering activities and in the realm of policy and law.

This concentration is not intended to replace dual degrees, but to provide a broadly based education both in climate science and in engineering, with the emphasis on the ways of connecting the both fields.

Concentration courses are to be taken in pairs selected by the student from among the approved CIE paired courses in order to promote some depth of study in particular aspects of engineering or other fields that are likely to be affected by climate change.

So if the possibility of making an impact on the climate problems facing this planet through engineering, policy, and law sounds like something you could get excited about, check out the new AOSS Climate Impact Engineering concentration.

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