Engineering for Environmental Change, Climate, and Health Minor

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

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(919) 966-3844

Will Vizuete, Program Director

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Barbara J. Turpin, Chair

Amanda Northcross, Program Co-Director (AE)

Jason Surratt, Program Co-Director

Louise Ball, Program Co-Director

Jennifer Moore, Academic Coordinator

This minor is designed to train students with an interest in developing engineering skills focused on building public health resilience to climate and environmental change. Climate-related challenges will include droughts, floods, heatwaves and extreme weather events, which in turn impact air pollution, water availability and quality, toxic releases, food and nutrition, infectious and non-communicable diseases, and will increase migration and conflict pressure and exacerbate health inequities. As environmental scientists and engineers located within the top public school of public health, the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) is ideally positioned to provide holistic, intersectoral responses to mitigate and prepare for these upcoming and pressing environmental challenges. Join the minor to learn about climate change, health/risk assessment, environmental processes, and engineering tools to provide quantitative answers to complex environmental questions.   

Information about the application process can be found on the department website.  

Department Programs



In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Prerequisite Courses

Students may apply for the minor any semester after completing MATH 233. Admitted students must have a GPA greater than 3.0 in the minor's prerequisite courses. 

MATH 231Calculus of Functions of One Variable I H4
MATH 232Calculus of Functions of One Variable II H4
MATH 233Calculus of Functions of Several Variables H4
MATH 383First Course in Differential Equations H3
CHEM 101
General Descriptive Chemistry I
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 102
General Descriptive Chemistry II
and Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory II H
PHYS 116Mechanics H4
or PHYS 118 Introductory Calculus-based Mechanics and Relativity
PHYS 117Electromagnetism and Optics H4
or PHYS 119 Introductory Calculus-based Electromagnetism and Quanta
COMP 110Introduction to Programming and Data Science H3
or COMP 116 Introduction to Scientific Programming
or PHYS 231 Physical Computing
or BMME 201 Computer Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Total Hours34

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Core Requirements

Core Requirements
ENVR 205Engineering Tools for Environmental Problem Solving3
ENVR 475Global Climate Change: Interdisciplinary Perspectives1
Select one health/risk assessment course from the following list:3
Health Effects of Environmental Agents
Environmental Risk Assessment
Epidemiology for Environmental Scientists
Global Environmental Health Inequities
Systems Biology in Environmental Health
Select one environmental process course from the following list:3
Air quality and atmospheric processes
Aerosol Physics and Chemistry
Air Pollution, Chemistry, and Physics
Sustainable water resources
Chemical Equilibria in Natural Waters
Environmental Health Microbiology
Groundwater Hydrology
Water, Sanitation, Hygiene, and Global Health
Water and Sanitation Planning and Policy in Less Developed Countries
Analysis of Water Resource Systems
Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes
Problems in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (section 002)
Select one engineering tools course from the following list:3
Undergraduate Special Topics in Urban and Regional Studies
Elements of Chemical Reactor Engineering
Temporal GIS and Space/Time Geostatistics for the Environment and Public Health
Policy Design for Environmental Health Solutions
Sanitation for Development
Numerical Methods
Environmental Physics I
Environmental Physics II
Senior Capstone Course
Managing Environmental Financial Risk
Total Hours13