Program and requirements

The HDCC Certificate Program requires the successful completion of HDCC 200, 300, HDCC 400 and HDCC 490, plus (3) 1.5 unit electives totalling 10.5 units.

Core courses

HDCC 200: Introduction to Human Dimensions of Climate Change (1.5 units)

An introduction to understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change. After a basic introduction to the physical nature of climate change, the focus turns to impacts on humans in political, economic, sociological, and psychological terms, including possible mitigation and public policy strategies.  Course description

HDCC 300: Climate Change for Social Transformation (1.5 units)

Prerequisites: Minimum third-year standing; or permission of the program.  Also add 1.5 units after course title as in the other courses.
An opportunity for critical engagement with climate change as physical transformation, cultural object, and incitement to social transformation. Course description

HDCC 400: Seminar on Human Dimensions of Climate Change (1.5 units)

Prerequisites: HDCC 200, HDCC 300, and 3.0 units of electives within the minor; or permission of the director.
Presentations by instructors, guest lecturers, and students will reinforce and extend knowledge of, and perspectives on, the impacts of climate change on humans. Strategies for mitigating the impacts are also considered. See the Spring 2022 HDCC 400 Course outline hereCourse Description


7.5 units of electives (at least 1.5 units of approved electives must be at the 300 or 400 level). A current list of approved electives can be found in the Academic Calendar. 

Electives selected from HDCC 390 (director's permission required), GEOG 101AGEOG 103GEOG 314EOS 110 and EOS/ES 365 are recommended; however, no more that 3.0 units of approved electives may be taken from any one unit without permission of the director.

Visit the Academic calendar for course descriptions.