Climate Change Science

"Learning about climate change allows me to apply my interest in atmospheric science to a pressing issue that affects virtually every aspect of society and the physical earth."

- Jeremy Sousa '17

There is a critical need for trained professionals to confront the challenges of climate change. The new Climate Change Science B.S. degree is designed to empower students with the training and skills necessary to make a difference.

Be part of the climate change solution. 

As climate change progresses, the need for expertise is expected to grow.  The skills gained through completion of the Climate Change Science B.S. degree are applicable in a wide variety of career settings, such as:

  • renewable energy
  • climate change adaptation
  • public outreach and communication
  • policy
  • climate risk management
  • urban and natural resource planning

The Climate Change Science degree is NEBHE eligible (tuition discount) in ALL New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI). But we go better than that with our awards that can be combined.

An Interdisciplinary Degree

Lyndon’s Climate Change Science degree is interdisciplinary—involving faculty and classes from the Atmospheric Sciences and Natural Sciences. Faculty in both departments teach a variety of courses incorporating climate change concepts. They are also involved in externally funded climate change research. This research is highly relevant to existing government and business initiatives including climate policy, energy development, environmental impacts, and climate change adaptation/mitigation.

Every Climate Change Science student takes a variety of general science courses along with meteorology and climatology courses. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to learn about natural and human-caused climate change through various scientific lenses. Students gain first-hand experience with data collection, obtain technological skills necessary for climate data analysis and environmental assessment, and learn about the current state of the science and impacts through observational, theoretical, and modeling perspectives. Students will learn about various applications of the science by taking interdisciplinary electives, and they will develop effective communication skills to help bridge the gap between scientists and non-scientists.

Required Courses

Core Courses

Minimum required credits for the program: 64-68

Course TitleCredits
ATM 1060 - New Student Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences1
ATM 1211 - Survey of Meteorology I2
ATM 1212 - Survey of Meteorology II3
ATM 2061 - Survey of Climate and Statistics I2
ATM 2062 - Survey of Climate and Statistics II3
ATM 2210 - Geophysical and Human Interactions3
ATM 4030 - Physical Climatology3
BIO 1211 - Introduction to Biology: Ecology and Evolution4
CHE 1031 - General Chemistry I4
ENV 1080 - Introduction to Environmental Science4
ENV 2060 - Energy, Environment, and Society4
GEY 1111 - Introduction to Geology I4
MAT 1410 - Pre-Calculus4
PHY 2031 - Fundamental Physics I4
SCI 4900 - Research in Science1 to 4

Communication Courses

Choose one of the following communications courses:

Course TitleCredits
BUS 2080 - Organizational Behavior and Communications in Business3
EJA 1221 - Person to Person3
ENG 1280 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENG 2085 - Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing3
ENG 3010 - Advanced Composition and Rhetoric3
MRM 1080 - Leadership and Small Group Dynamics3
MRM 3110 - Public Relations3

Choice Courses

Choose four of the following courses, with at least three courses at the 3000 or 4000 level:

Course TitleCredits
ANT 3050 - Culture, Ecology, and Health3
ANT 3070 - Ecotourism3
ATM 2020 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATM 3050 - GIS Applications in Atmospheric Sciences3
ATM 3170 - Weather Risk Assessment3
BIO 3280 - Environmental Toxicology4
BIO 4040 - Ecology4
BIO 4340 - Environmental Challenges and Ecological Solutions4
BUS 3240 - Global Business3
CHE 2020 - Introduction to Environmental Chemistry4
CHE 3050 - Environmental Chemistry4
CRJ 2220 - Environmental Justice3
ECO 2060 - Survey of Economics4
ENG 3080 - Strategic Media Communications 3
GEY 3110 - Hydrogeology4
GEY 4840 - Geologic Evolution: Grand Canyon to Mt. Whitney – Intensive4
PHI 2050 - Nature, Science, and Technology3
PHY 2025 - Physics for the Environment4
PHY 2032 - Fundamental Physics II4


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