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

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

Atmospheric Sciences Core

Course TitleCredits
New Student Seminar in ATM1
Survey of Meterology I2
Survey of Meterology II3
Survey of Climate and Statistics I2
Survey of Climate and Statistics II3
Geophysical and Human Interactions3
Physical Climatology3

Natural Science Core

Course TitleCredits
Introduction to Biology4
General Chemistry I4
Introduction to Environmental Science4
Energy, Environment, and Society4
Introduction to Geology I4
Fundamental Physics I4
Research in Science4

Supplemental Core

Course TitleCredits
Communication Elective3
Interdiscipinary Electives (4 CLASSES = 12–16 CREDITS)*12-16

Communication Electives

Course TitleCredits
Organizational Behavior and Communication I3
Person to Person3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing3
Advanced Composition and Rhetoric3
Leadership and Small Group Dynamics3
Public Relations3

Interdisciplinary Electives

Course TitleCredits
Culture, Ecology, and Health3
Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
Weather Risk Assessment3
GIS Apps in Atmospheric Sciences3
Introduction to Environmental Toxicology4
Global Business3
Introduction to Environmental Chemistry4
Environmental Chemistry4
Environmental Justice3
Survey of Economics4
Strategic Media Communications3
Intensive Trip4
Nature, Science, and Technology3
Physics for the Environment4
Fundamental Physics II4


Admissions Office
Vail 305