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.
Sixteen to eighteen (16-18) credits.
|GEOG 110||Introduction to Weather and Climate||4|
|GEOG 325||Dynamic Climatology||3|
|GEOG 327||Climate Change||3|
|or EESC 355||Icehouse-Greenhouse Earth|
|Select two or more courses of the following: 1||6-8|
|Introduction to Ecology and Evolution|
|Evolution of Earth|
|Global Environmental Problems|
|Environment and Society|
|Glacial Processes and Landscapes|
|Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics|
Totaling at least six (6) credits, and at least one course at the 300-level.
Jacqueline Gallagher, Chair
Dawn S. Bowen and Brian Rizzo, Career Advisors
Dawn S. Bowen
Stephen P. Hanna
Caitlin C. Finlayson
Marco Millones Mayer
Joseph W. Nicholas
Melina A. Patterson
Brian R. Rizzo