Climate Change Science Degree

At Lyndon, we want YOU to be part of the solution.

New Climate Change Science Degree

Learn the science, make a difference

Climate change presents humankind with a monumental challenge.  We are changing the composition of Earth’s atmosphere and a major climate shift is already underway.  Global temperatures are steadily climbing, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, and sea levels are rising.  These impacts are expected to escalate.  At Lyndon, we believe there is a critical need for trained professionals to confront these challenges.  We want you to be part of the climate change solution.  The new Climate Change Science B.S. degree is designed to empower students with the training and skills necessary to make a difference.

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
There is unequivocal evidence that Earth’s lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; sea level is rising; and snow cover, mountain glaciers, and Arctic sea ice are shrinking. The dominant cause of the warming since the 1950s is human activities. … Technological, economic, and policy choices in the near future will determine the extent of future impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Science Faculty

During their time at Lyndon, CCS students will work closely with faculty in two departments: Natural Science and Atmospheric Sciences. Faculty in both departments teach a variety of courses that incorporate 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.

Climate Change Science courses

Every Climate Change Science student will take 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. Throughout their course of study, students will 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.

Humanity is the major influence on the global climate change observed over the past 50 years. Rapid societal responses can significantly lessen negative outcomes. … Improvements will come from pursuing the research needed to understand climate change, working with stakeholders to identify relevant information, and conveying understanding clearly and accurately, both to decision makers and to the general public.

Climate Change Science Degree Pathway
NOTE: This is a suggested pathway only, and will likely vary depending on student preparation. Each student must also take courses to fulfill all LSC degree requirements including at least 40 General Education foundation and elective credits.

Core courses (50 credits)

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ATM 1060New Student Seminar in ATM1
ATM 1211Survey of Meteorology I2
ATM 1212Survey of Meteorology II3
ATM 2061Survey of Climate and Statistics I2
ATM 2062Survey of Climate and Statistics II3
ATM 2210Geophysical and Human Interactions3
ATM 4030Physical Climatology3
BIO 1211Introduction to Biology4
CHE 1031General Chemistry I4
ENV 1080Introduction to Environmental Science4
ENV 2060Energy, Environment, and Society4
GEY 1111Introduction to Geology I4
MAT 1410Pre-Calculus5
PHY 2031Fundamental Physics I4
SCI 4900Research in Science4

Choose one of the following communications courses (3 credits):

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

Choose four of the following courses, with at least three courses at the 3000- or 4000-level (12 – 16 credits):

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ANT 3050Culture, Ecology, and Health3
ANT 3070Ecotourism3
ATM 2020Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATM 3170Weather Risk Assessment3
ATM 3050GIS Apps in Atmospheric Sciences3
BIO 4xxxEnvironmental Challenges and Ecological Solutions4*
BIO 3280Intro to Env Toxicology4
BIO 4040Ecology4
BUS 3240Global Business3
CHE 2020Intro to Environmental Chemistry4
CHE 3050Environmental Chemistry4
CRJ 2220Environmental Justice3
ECO 2060Survey of Economics4
ENG 3080Strategic Media Communications3
GEY 3110Hydrogeology3
GEY 4840Geological Evolution: Grand Canyon to Mt. Whitney - Intensive4
PHI 2050Nature, Science, and Technology3
PHY 2025Physics for the Environment4
PHY 2032Fundamental Physics II4
*Note: only 4 credits may count toward program requirements

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