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Option Climate Science Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Earth Sciences - College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences



Students completing the Climate Science option will be prepared for a variety of careers in different areas related to climate, including 1) research and technical fields, 2) outreach, education, and communication, and 3) policy and economics. All students will gain skills in the areas of basic science, data collection and analysis, in addition to a rigorous curriculum in climate science. A broad set of electives will allow students to pursue additional course work to prepare them in their specific areas of interest. Some students may choose to pursue advanced degrees in related disciplines, whereas others will enter the job market directly.



Option specific Math and Science Requirements (23–24)


Students taking PH 211 in this option are required to take PH 221 concurrently.
PH 221. Recitation for Physics 211 (1)

An additional term of college-level chemistry:
CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
  or CH 232. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 262. *Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)

Two additional terms of college-level physics:
PH 202. *General Physics (5)
PH 203. *General Physics (5)
or 
PH 212. *General Physics with Calculus (4) and PH 222. *Recitation for Physics 212. (1)
PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4) and PH 223. *Recitation for Physics 213. (1)

Two additional terms of calculus:
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)

Core Requirements (29)

ATS 295. Observing Climate (3)
ATS 301. ^Climate Data Analysis (4)
ATS 310. Meteorology (4)
ATS 420. Principles of Climate: Physics of Climate and Climate Change (4)
ATS 421. Climate Modeling (4)
GEO 484. Introduction to Biogeochemistry (3)
GEO 486. Quaternary Paleoclimatology (3)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)

Experiential Learning (6)

6 credits from the following:
ATS 401. Research (6)
ATS 403. Thesis (6)
ATS 410. Internship (6)

Electives (21–22)

At least one course in Climate Impacts, Adaptation, or Mitigation:
CH 374. *Technology, Energy, and Risk (3)
ENGR 363. *Energy Matters (3)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water and Society (3)
GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
OC 333. Oceans, Coasts, and People (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3)
WSE 473. Bioenergy and Environmental Impact (3)

At least one course in Policy or Economics:
AEC/ECON 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
PS 455. The Politics of Climate Change (4)
PS 473. US Energy Policy (4)
PS 477. International Environmental Politics and Policy (4)
PS 478. Renewable Energy Policy (4)

An additional 15 credits of electives listed above or below:
ATS 411. Thermodynamics and Cloud Microphysics (4)
ATS 412. Atmospheric Radiation (3)
ATS 413. Atmospheric Chemistry (3)
ATS 475. Planetary Atmospheres (3)
GEO 433. Coastal Geomorphology (3)
GEO 481. Glacial Geology (4)
GEO 488. Quaternary Stratigraphy of North America (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
OC 334. ^Polar Oceanography (3)
OC 430. Principles of Physical Oceanography (4)
OC 440. Biological Oceanography (4)
OC 450. Chemical Oceanography (3)
OC 460. Geological Oceanography (3)

No more than two skills courses of electives below may be used toward the 15 additional elective credits:
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing I: Digital Image Processing (4)
MTH 256. Applied Differential Equations (4)
MTH 341. Linear Algebra I (3)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
WR 362. *Science Writing (3)

Total=79–81


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 836




 
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