Starting in Fall 2010, we will be offering a new "major" in Climate Science . For now, this will be officially a " BS in Meteorology, Concentration in Climate Science".**
Students in this major will start their degree studies by taking required support courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology.
Students will then take a two-semester survey class covering topics in both meteorology and climate science (METR 60 & 70), and will also take other classes designed to develop valuable skills for "green jobs". These include working with instrumentation and data, which will provide skills to analyze a variety of types of data (from the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere) to look for indications of climate change.
In their junior and senior years, students will take classes in two broad categories: (A) classes in "climate science", which will cover topics including the Global Carbon Cycle, Climate Modeling and Remote Sensing; and (B) electives from a range of disciplines across campus including Environmental Studies (water and energy resource and policy issues), Geography (food supply, agriculture and population issues, and GIS studies), Engineering (life cycle analysis) and Communications (environmental communication) .
A roadmap for the new "major" is now posted, check it out!
We look forward to seeing you in our new major!!!
Alison F.C. Bridger
** Once this new program gets underway in Fall, we will submit a request to the CSU Chancellor's Office to offer a new major in Climate Science (with its own HEGIS code and abbreviation - presumably "CLIM"). The process of establishing a new major is more complex - and time-consuming - than offering a new concentration!