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Well over 50 courses at ODU include climate change and sea level rise topics. A list of the courses in Spring 2016 is available as PDF.

A collaboration focusing on degrees and certificate in Conservation Leadership is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; see the project page for more information.

Courses and seminars in Fall 2016 include:

  • IDS/OEAS/BIOL 466: Mitigation and Adaptation Studies; Hans-Peter Plag and Tatyana Lobova.

Relevant courses given regularly include:

Undergraduate Courses:

  • OEAS 108N. Understanding Global Climate Change; David Burdige; 4 Credits. Offered every spring.
    Lecture, 3 hours; Lab, 2 hours. 4 credits. What is the science behind global climate change? How reliable are forecasts of future global warming? This course examines these questions to evaluate the likelihood and potential severity of anthropogenic climate change in the coming centuries. It includes an overview of the physics of the greenhouse effect, an overview of the global carbon cycle and its role as a global thermostat; an examination of predictions and reliability of model forecasts of future climate change; and examination of local impacts of global climate change (e.g., sea level rise in the Tidewater area).
    This course satisfies the natural science gen ed requirement and is geared towards non-science majors.
  • POLS 300, Public Policy
  • POLS 335, Environmental Politics and Policy
  • POLS 455, US Politics and Climate Change

Graduate Courses:

  • IS 710/810, Global Environmental Policy
  • IS 795/895, Politics of Climate Change: Comparative Perspectives

Documentation for selected previous courses and events is available through the Teaching Archive.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service visited ODU to inform students about job and internship opportunities. More than 100 students attended the meeting documenting the broad interest in job opportunity and conservation-related education.

New interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Leadership: This interdisciplinary Minor focuses on conservation solutions in the context of our quickly changing planet. A goal of this new program is to develop the next generation of conservation leaders with the ability to critically review underlying paradigms and to initiate paradigm shifts where they are needed in conservation roles, such as in local, state and federal agency and non-profit sectors, to more suitably address the challenges of sea level rise and climate change. The core of this 15 credit minor is built around two courses on Adaptation Studies and Adaptive Leadership, in addition to a service-learning course. One additional course is an elective, which can be selected across disciplines to suit a wide-range of conservation interests. An internship is the capstone of this minor. For more information, see here.

New Interdisciplinary Course on Mitigation and Adaptation Studies. The course gives an introduction to the science underpinning mitigation of human-induced changes in the Earth system, including but not limited to climate change and sea level rise, and adaptation to the impacts of these changes. The course will cover the environmental hazards and the opportunities and limitations for conservation, mitigation and adaptation. The course is a core course for the new interdisciplinary minor in Conservation Leadership.

In the 2016 Summer term (June 27 — August 6, 2016), the graduate course “Decisions, Biases, and the Creation of Knowledge” will study how personal, community and cultural biases impact the creation of knowlegde and the use of it in decision making. The course is open for guests who whould like to participate in the deliberations. For more information, see the course page. The course will also take place in the Fall term.