Suggested Courses & Degree Programs
The CGCS provides a framework and focal point for the exchange of interdisciplinary ideas and information relevant to global change science, with a broad and integrated program of education in the earth, atmospheric, oceanographic, and climate sciences. The CGCS is NOT a degree-granting entity.
Students interested in global change science are encouraged to apply to the academic department that matches closest their own interests. Two recommended options are Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and the Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The basic disciplines of global change science are physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology, but much of the research is interdisciplinary, involving many topics and various types of methodologies or laboratory techniques. Although students tend to pursue a special topic in depth, they are especially encouraged to venture beyond their primary field to understand the broader context of their work. And since there are common examination procedures and degree requirements, students can, if necessary, shift their focus from one specialty to another as interests develop. Successful studies in global change science will give students the ability to bridge standard disciplinary gaps.
Courses offered at MIT are described in the online Subject Listings and Schedule. The online Bulletin provides a complete list of subjects offered, as well an overview of campus life and the academic structure and organization of the Institute. The Bulletin, application information, and more information, are available from the Admissions Office. To get an idea as to the wide variety of courses offered on campus in areas related to environmental science, environmental policy and environmental sustainability, there is a list of environmental classes at MIT.