Climate science is inherently interdisciplinary, involving both the physical and biological sciences. However, there is flexibility within the minor for some specialization, depending on the student’s major interests. Climatologists come from the ranks of geologists, oceanographers, geographers, biologists, chemists, physicists, and meteorologists. The commonality among these disparate fields is that they all inform us about the earth’s ability to absorb and radiate energy, and the way atmospheric processes play out across the earth’s surface. This minor would serve students who might be going on to graduate work in on of the subfields of climatology or those who wish to be more informed in ongoing debates about climate change.
Requirements for the Climate Science Minor
Sixteen to eighteen (16-18) credits. Three required courses: GEOG 110, 325 and either GEOG 327 or EESC 355. Two or more electives from the following, totaling at least six (6) credits, and at least one course at the 300-level; BIOL 210; CHEM 331; EESC 112, 210, 230, 325; GEOG 111, 245, 326; PHYS 201.
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