College Majors & Climate Change

Earn degrees that can help sustain the planet

As many can see, climate change is no longer a developing problem; it’s a crisis. Generations before us have excessively used the Earth’s natural resources, and the Earth is suffering from it. Luckily for earthlings, the youth climate movement is working to preserve the Earth before it is unfixable.

As a result of climate change becoming a perpetual problem, universities and colleges are offering tons of majors for those who want to make a difference.

Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences include all sectors of natural sciences, analyzing several aspects of essential processes. Minors available in this field include anatomy, physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, and biophysics. Expect to cover all organisms from microorganisms, animals, multicellular animals, plants, and fungi.

Some of the top colleges that provide this major: the University of California-Irvine, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Rutgers University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Illinois at Chicago

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering majors have much more to do than just designing and building infrastructures like bridges and roads. Through new projects, civil engineering students can play a role in combating climate change. By building canals and wastewater treatment plants and figuring out sustainable land-development strategies, they can play heavily in alleviating some of the constraints imposed on ecosystems.

Some of the top colleges that provide this major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame, California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

STEM Education

Influencing the next generation to continue the efforts directed towards checking climate change and those with a STEM degree can motivate the next generation to think creatively about the role science, technology, engineering, and math play in the world. Achieving a STEM education promotes advocacy for building innovation and creative thinking among young people.

Some of the top colleges that provide this major: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tuskegee University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, California Institute of Technology, Rice University


Sustainability may be the first college major you think of when it comes to climate change but, it’s more multifaceted than many know. Environmental governance, green building, and sustainability economics are a few aspects of sustainability students will cover. One of the most important things you will learn as a sustainability major is identifying components of sustainable societies and hindrances to their development.

Some of the top colleges that provide this major: Arizona State University, Middlebury College, Cornell University, Duke University, Montana State University

Ocean Engineering

People even help mitigate climate change from the ocean! Students studying ocean engineering spend lots of their time in or on the water, whether it’s on a research vessel or even surfing. The unique thing about majoring in ocean engineering is it combines multiple practices like electrical, civil, mechanical engineering, and oceanography.

Some of the top colleges that provide this major: Florida Atlantic University, United States Naval Academy, University of Hawaii, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island

Talk to you school counselor to learn more about college majors that are geared toward saving the planet.


By Jeremiah Griffith, Junior, Noble Academy

Twitter: theballtalk1

Written by TrueStar Staff

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