BISP Special Focus: Climate Change and the Environment

BISP Special Focus Overview

The BISP Special Focus in Climate Change and the Environment is for visiting students who are interested in fields such as climate change, environmental studies, sustainability, social systems, environmental disparities, and related fields in which human behaviors and environmental policies directly impact society.

The BISP Special Focus in Climate Change and the Environment consists of multidisciplinary, innovative courses focused on the connections between environment, economy, migration, and human health, and the resulting impact on individuals and international populations. Students will acquire a solid understanding of the quickly-evolving environmental and climate change challenges that will encourage students to develop solutions for 21st century global industries.

Learning Goals

By pursuing this BISP Special Focus topic, you will gain:

  • UC Berkeley academic credit in a focused set of courses tailored to your interests in environmental studies and climate change.
  • Faculty guidance on a culminating certificate project in which you will synthesize learnings and insight gained through your coursework and research at UC Berkeley.
  • Research and analytical skills through understanding environmental and climate change impacts across multiple disciplines.  
  • Communication and presentation skills through your participation in the BISP Special Focus program and coursework.

Sample Courses

  • The Global Environmental Crisis
  • Urban Sociology
  • Global Warming
  • Climate Change and the Senses
  • The Art of Writing Climate
  • Climate Impacts and Risk Analysis

For a more comprehensive list of pre-approved courses for the BISP Special Focus in Climate Change and the Environment see the longer list here.