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Program Overview

The aim of the Climate Science and Impacts concentration is to provide a flexible program for those interested in pursuing further graduate education or careers in industry. The Climate Science and Impacts concentration prepares you for graduate studies, climate modeling, and a position in “value added” industries that provide water resource, agricultural, seasonal recreation, and transportation industries with near-term climate analyses and predictions. Positions in government agencies serving to make policy or federal laboratories conducting climate research are also open to you.  The program provides students who are interested in both climate science and in a second area of expertise, such as the traditional engineering disciplines, policy, or law, the option to take courses in those areas. There is a need for scientists and engineers who can carry out evaluation and engineering activities that require expertise both in climate science and in the engineering disciplines. These include issues related to air quality, energy engineering, sustainability, and water resources.

Degree Requirements

CoE Core Courses (39 hrs.)

The College of Engineering requires that every engineering student, regardless of their proposed engineering major, complete specific courses in the core subjects of mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and physics. The Climate & Space department requires that declared students must earn a “C-” or better in all CoE Core courses:

Math 115 – Calculus I (4)
Math 116 – Calculus II (4)
Math 215 – Calculus III (4)
Math 216 – Introduction to Differential Equations (4)
Engineering 100 – Introduction to Engineering (4)
Engineering 101 – Introduction to Computers and Programming (4)
Chemistry 130 (3) with Chemistry 125/126 (2), or Chemistry 210 (4) with Chemistry 211 (1)
Physics 140 (4) with Physics 141 (1)
Physics 240 (4) with Physics 241 (1)

For more information regarding the CoE Core course requirements, please visit the CoE Bulletin.

Intellectual Breadth (16 hrs)

The fields of science and engineering have both technical and social dimensions.  For this reason, our students engage in students which expand their intellectual breadth, allow them to participate in the development of solutions which consider broader, global, environmental, and societal contexts. To assist students in gaining a greater scope of diverse knowledge and to facilitate creativity, the College of Engineering (CoE) requires that students who have matriculated into the CoE complete the Intellectual Breadth requirement.
Under the Intellectual Breadth requirement, each student must select 16 credits of intellectual breadth courses, subject to these rules:

  • Humanities: At least 3 credits of Humanities classes marked HU in the LSA Course Guide; credit by test cannot be used to meet this requirement.
  • Professional & Creative Development Courses (PCDC): No more than 4 credits of PCDC. This means a student may count up to 4 credits of PCDC toward their Intellectual Breadth requirement, but completing a PCDC is not mandatory.
  • Liberal Arts Courses (LACs): The remainder of the 16 credits is drawn from any of the LACs.
  • At least 3 credits of Humanities or LACs must be at the 300-level or higher. This is known as the Upper Division requirement. Please note that PCDCs cannot fulfill this requirement.

For a complete explanation of the Intellectual Breadth requirement, and a listing of PCDC and LAC courses, please refer to the Intellectual Breadth section of the CoE Bulletin.

Core Courses (38 hrs.)
  • CLIMATE 320 Earth and Space System Evolution (3)
  • CLIMATE 321 Earth and Space System Dynamics (3)
  • CLIMATE 323 Earth System Analysis (4)
  • CLIMATE 324 Instrumentation for Atmos & Space Sciences (4)
  • CLIMATE 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics (3)
  • CLIMATE 380 Introduction to Radiative Transfer (3)
  • CLIMATE 401 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3)
  • CLIMATE 423 Data Analysis and Visualization (4)
  • CLIMATE 410 Earth System Modeling (4)
  • CLIMATE 414 Weather Systems (3)
  • CLIMATE 455 Capstone Design (4)
Concentration Courses (35 hrs.)
  • CLIMATE 473 Climate Physics (3)
  • Statistics/GIS Elective (3) (See table below)
  • Climate/Climate Change Elective (3) (See table below)
  • Energy/Sustainability Elective (3) (See table below)
  • Interactions Elective (4) (See table below)
  • Technical Electives (10)
  • General Electives (9)
Suggested Climate/Climate Change Electives
Class NumberClass TitleCredits
CLIMATE 466Carbon-Climate Interactions3
CLIMATE 474Ice Sheets, Glaciers and Climate Change3
CLIMATE 480Climate Change: The Move to Action3
Suggested Atmosphere/Land/Ocean Interactions Electives
CLIMATE 420Environmental Ocean Dynamics4
CLIMATE 467Biogeochemical  Cycles3
CLIMATE 475Earth System Interactions4
EEB 320/ENVIRON 311Rivers, Lakes, and Wetlands: Introduction to Aquatic Ecosystems4
EEB 380Oceanography: Marine Ecology3
Suggested Energy/Sustainability Electives
CEE 265Sustainable Engineering Practices3
CEE 365Environmental Engineering Principles4
EARTH 344Sustainable and Fossil Energy: Options and Consequences3
ENVIRON 312Environmental Politics and Policy3
ENVIRON 367Global Enterprise and Sustainable Development3
MECHENG 433Advanced Energy Solutions3
NRE 574Sustainable Energy Systems3
Suggested Statistics/GIS Electives
CEE 270Statistical Methods for Data Analysis and Uncertainty Modeling3
EARTH 408Introduction to GIS in the Earth Sciences3
NRE 531Principles of GIS4
STATS 250Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis4
STATS 412Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
STATS 425 /MATH 425Introduction to Probability3