The University of Arizona

Courses | Global Change


The Global Change minor requires three core courses (7 credits total) and two electives (6 credits total). The goals of the coursework are to broaden your knowledge and experience in global change, to help you orient your research in context of the larger interdisciplinary field, and to provide tools to advance your individual career as a scholar and practitioner in the field of global change. Please plan your course of study well in advance to take full advantage of this program.

Core Courses

Three core courses are required for the GC Minor.

GC 695G - Global Change Toolkit (1 unit) Spring semester
GC 578 - Global Change (3 units) Fall semester
GC 597A - Global Change Workshop (3 units) Spring semester



Global change electives should broaden your knowledge of the field, not simply provide additional depth in your research area. Two approved elective courses are required (6 units). The electives should be selected from the list of courses below, with guidance and approval of the GC PhD Minor faculty on your committee. Courses on this list are offered regularly and have few or manageable (as noted) prerequisites. 

If your research is in the physical/biological sciences, you must choose at least one class from the social science/policy area (List A). If your research is in the social sciences/ humanities, you must choose at least one class from the physical/biological sciences (List B). Please note any prerequisites to be sure you have chosen appropriately, and check with the instructor if you are uncertain about whether the class is a good fit. 

In addition to the classes listed here, many departmental seminars are extremely relevant to interdisciplinary global change and can be counted for elective credit. Such substitutions must receive advance approval by a member of the Global Change executive committee and fulfill the “broadening” objectives as described above. 

We know that course offerings change rapidly, and we would appreciate students alerting us to additional classes that may be relevant to include on this list. 


We understand that unusual circumstances may require modification of these requirements. If you find you cannot meet these requirements due to truly extenuating circumstances, you can petition the Global Change executive committee for a modification. You should provide written documentation of your situation and the curricular modification required.