Micro-Program in Climate Change

Micro-Program in Climate Change

New: Several merit-based scholarships are available for the winter 2019 session courtesy of generous support from Énergir. There is no formal application process, and candidates will be considered based on the strength of their application.

Program Description

Micro-Program in Climate ChangeFinding solutions to the problems brought on by climate change requires educating a new generation of global citizens well-versed in the concepts, issues, and challenges associated with such a complex topic. Bishop’s University has responded to this need by developing a new graduate-level Micro-Program in Climate Change. The new program, the first English-language program of its kind in Québec, will offer instruction from leading experts on the science of climate change, its impacts, and strategies for its mitigation. At the end of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Take a position and provide evidence to support arguments concerning major issues in climate change science
  • Develop an understanding of the causes and effects of climate change on local, regional, and international scales, in major regions of the world (poles, tropics)
  • Articulate a range of plausible solution strategies to confront climate change in terms of adaptation and mitigation

Graduates of the Micro-Program will be well positioned to compete for jobs in both government and the private sector. Moreover, the Micro-Program could be used as a springboard for further study, whether it involves graduate school in a climate or environment-related field, or a professional degree such as law school or an MBA. Indeed, the Micro-Program has been designed so that it will provide students with a solid understanding of both the scientific and non-scientific aspects of climate change and thus will be highly applicable to a range of career options.

Courses Offered

To complete the Micro-Program, students will do three three-credit masters-level courses (for a total of nine credits) from a list of four potential courses:

Arctic and Antarctic Environmental Change (taught by Dr. Alexandre Langlois, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke)

ESG 561: Arctic and Antarctic Environmental Change

The polar environments, especially the Arctic, are undoing change at a rate far faster than most other regions. Change at the poles has happened in the past and will continue to have important consequences for all Earth’s systems. This course will examine the development of these extreme environments and examine what can be expected for the future.

New Insights into the Anthropocene (taught by Dr. Matthew Peros, Department of Environment and Geography)

ESG 570 – New Insights into the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene—the time-period in Earth’s history when humans are thought to have had as much impact on the earth as natural forces (e.g., wind, water, ice) have had—has received a massive amount of attention over the last few years. However, many questions still remain concerning what human activities characterize it, when it began, and indeed, whether or not it even exists. This course will explore the concept of the Anthropocene using a climate history approach, and will consist of field, lab, and discussion components.

Energy and the Environment (taught by Dr. Valerio Faraoni, Department of Physics)

ESG 573: Energy and the Environment

This course introduces the concepts of energy and power and their units and reviews energy sources, fossil fuels, their environmental impacts, and resource consumption. The basics of heat transfer, energy conversion, and its efficiency according to thermodynamics are covered (including the concepts of temperature, specific and latent heat, the first and second law of thermodynamics, heat engines, and thermal systems). Other topics discussed include electromagnetic and blackbody radiation, the greenhouse effect, the Earth’s energy balance, the basics of electromagnetism, and electric power. Radioactivity, nuclear energy, and renewable energy sources are introduced.

The Health Impacts of Climate Change (taught by Dr. Elisabeth Levac, Department of Environment and Geography)

ESG 577: The Health Impacts of Climate Change

This course will examine a broad range of potential health impacts associated with climate change. The most obvious health impacts are those associated with thermal stress and extreme weather events such as floods and hurricanes (premature deaths, infectious diseases; diarrheal disease). Global warming will also be associated with a spread of vector-borne diseases (such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, Lyme disease, etc.) and increases in seasonal allergies. Finally, the course will examine the overall impact of environmental degradation, displacement and loss of livelihood on the general physical and mental health of populations

All courses will be offered in the winter semester of each year. Students may take all three courses in one semester, or take courses over a period of several years. Students who take all three courses in the same semester will be registered as full-time students at Bishop’s as this is a graduate-level program. The courses will consist of a combination of seminar, lecture, fieldtrip, and laboratory instruction.

Admission Requirements

The basic entry requirement will be an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognized university with at least a B standing in the final two years of study. There are no specific pre-requisites, but students will need to be comfortable with basic mathematical and scientific concepts.

The admission deadline for the Winter 2019 session is Monday, October 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm. All application materials should be sent in hard copy to Jean Porter at jean.porter@ubishops.ca. Questions about the program can be directed to Dr. Matthew Peros at mperos@ubishops.ca.

Admission procedure