Supported Curriculum

Earth’s Future: Causes and Consequences of Global Climate Change (I50-101)

Undergraduate coursework in climate change was one of the earliest priorities of the Topics of Conversation and Washington University Climate Change Initiative (WUCCI). With funding through the Office of the Provost’s Interdisciplinary Teaching Grant Program, two InCEES researchers, one from Arts & Sciences and the other from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, launched an introductory climate change course for freshman in the spring of 2015.

The team-taught, interdisciplinary course engaged a roster of 24 faculty members from different disciplines as guest lecturers. Students were exposed to different intellectual viewpoints covering a wide range of topics about climate change. The course addresses the physical basis for climate change, how climates are changing, how scientists assess that change and consideration of the effects of climate change on natural and human systems.

Graphic of instructor key showing the guest lecturers represent varied disciplines.


COP Preparation Seminar

IMG_0332Imagine a front row seat to the largest ever climate change conference. The three credit COP Preparation Seminar, supported by InCEES, gives Washington University students the opportunity to serve as student delegates to the Conference of the Parties climate negotiations. The course is led by Beth Martin, a senior lecturer in environmental studies and Anu Hittle, an instructor in international affairs.

The class was developed from a student-led initiative. In 2010 the student group Washington University Students for International Collaboration on the Environment (WUSICE) petitioned Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton to allow them to apply to be delegates at the international climate conferences. He agreed and WUSTL sent its first delegation as an official observer institution to COP17 in Durban, South Africa in 2011. COP22 will be held from November 7-18, 2016 in Marrakesh, Morocco.


Certificate in Renewable Energy and the Environment 

Awarded by PARC/I-CARES, the Certificate in Renewable Energy and the Environment provides an organized channel for students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary energy studies in addition to their selected major and/or minor. The program combines academic courses, outreach interactions, hands-on research experiences, and networking opportunities.

Awarded by PARC/InCEES, the Certificate in Renewable Energy and the Environment provides an organized channel for students who wish to pursue interdisciplinary energy studies in addition to their selected major and/or minor. The program combines academic courses, outreach interactions, hands-on research experiences, and networking opportunities. Courses are organized into three discipline clusters: (1) Social Sciences & Humanities; (2) Architecture; and, (3) Natural Sciences & Engineering.

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Educational Programs in Energy, the Environment and Sustainability

Educational offerings and programs are available across schools of Washington University. Through formal degrees and certificates, educational programs and general coursework, students in full and part-time programs and all students at the undergraduate and graduate level have access to a variety of academic sources.

Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

Educational Programs