Climate Leaders for Today & Tomorrow
Every semester, Berkeley increases its number of climate-related classes, seminars and programs for students, spread across many departments.
The current BCCN “Unofficial Guide to Climate-Related Classes” spotlights more than 70 classes with a strong climate component.
You can also search the entire Course Catalogue.
Programs and Organizations
Berkeley is home to a wide range of educational programs and student organizations that are increasingly focused on climate change. Here’s a start:
The Student Environmental Resource Center (SERC) spotlights 40+ organizations. SERC “cultivates a collaborative space to strengthen the collective effectiveness of the sustainability community, and provides resources for students to actualize their visions of a more equitable, socially just, and resilient future.”
The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) “connects, educates and motivates students (mainly grad students), alumni, faculty and industry professionals to address the world’s energy and resource challenges.” BERC hosts the annual Energy Summit, Resources Symposium, monthly BERCshops and regular social gatherings.
Berkeley Changemaker! The Berkeley Changemaker Program is over 20 courses involving 50+ faculty members drawn from 30 academic departments and eleven schools & colleges across UC Berkeley. Since summer 2020, some 19% of undergraduates have enrolled in a Berkeley Changemaker course. The Berkeley Changemaker minor is designed while the Pre-College and Exec Ed Programs have launched.
The UC California Naturalist Program (UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources) prepares UC Climate Stewards to communicate and engage in local solutions to advance community and ecosystem resilience. In collaboration with partners, including formal and informal science institutions, UC Climate Stewards delivers a public course that improves climate change literacy and civic engagement.
The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (Beahrs ELP) is a rigorous, unique learning experience that transforms mid-career environmental professionals into exceptional leaders. Launched in 2000, Beahrs ELP has been focused on the impacts of climate change. The program has trained over 750 professionals from 114 countries.
The Fung Fellowship is a model of discovery education at Berkeley — an immersive undergraduate learning experience that inspires students to become innovators for social good. Partnering with the School of Public Health and the Rausser College of Natural Resources, the Fung Fellowship offers two tracks for students to choose from — health and conservation — based on their passion, interest and desired area for impact. Both tracks address climate change and the critical threats to public and environmental health. Apply by: February 17, 2023.