Climate Studies

Bachelor of Science

Plymouth State’s new BS Climate Studies degree is the only one of its kind in New Hampshire and one of very few in the entire nation. Featuring a core of atmospheric and environmental science courses and a large number of optional courses in focus areas, it allows students to follow their interests and skills and gain new ones in this important field.

Climate change, its causes, effects, mitigation, adaptation, policy, communication, and education are some of the most important issues of our time as well as our future. The needs go well beyond climate science and are highly interdisciplinary. Students gain a foundation in climate science, technical and communication skills, and have high flexibility in following one or more interdisciplinary paths (in art, business, communication, public policy, geographic information systems and mapping, or go deeper into a variety of science possibilities).

The flexibility of the program additionally allows students to add one or more relevant minor and certificate credentials (a list of possibilities is specified in the accompanying list of requirements). Career possibilities are many, and include the fields of climate communication/public education, emergency management, conservation, public policy, science journalism, formal education, planning, and a variety of different types of private industry and government jobs working in the various aspects of the climate problem, as well as delving deeper into the science. Finally, because this is a fast-changing field, our graduating students will have a strong foundation of knowledge and skills, but will also be able to adapt and learn new tools.

The new Climate Studies degree joins the highly rated Plymouth State Meteorology program, sharing state of the art facilities and highly engaged faculty with diverse areas of expertise.

Degree RequirementsRecommended Course Sequence

Major Requirements
Introductory Climate Studies seminarCT 10001
Fundamentals of Meteorology & ClimatologyMT 20003
Introduction to Environmental Sc. & Poli II ESP 21104
Climate, Risk, and AdaptationESP 33253
Energy and SocietyESP 32003
Technical CommunicationCM 30954
Climate ChangeMT 44403
Climate Studies Capstone Project CT 40002
Math Requirements
Statistics IMA 23003
Take ONE of the following
PrecalculusMA 21404
Applied Calculus IMA 24904
Calculus IMA 25504
Technical Skills Requirements
Take ONE of the following
GIS I: Introduction to GISGE 20504
Computing FundamentalsCS 20103
Intro to ProgrammingCS 23704
Interdisciplinary focus areas
*,**Take THREE 1000 or 2000 level courses, AND FIVE 3000 or 4000 level courses out of one or more of the following lists:
* Students can go deep into one or two interdisciplinary focus areas or sample from various disciplines as long as they take at least two low-level courses and five upper-level courses. Students must keep in mind when planning their courses, that many of them have prerequisites (included in the required or optional courses). Students can take more than the minimum number of courses to follow their interests using their free electives and/or consider appropriate minors or certificates or a second major that might also use some of these courses.
** Besides fulfilling the Interdisciplinary Focus requirement, the courses below can be used to aid in completing one or more minors or certificates. Possible minors of interest: Anthropology/Sociology, Applied Ethics, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computing, Digital Media Design and Development, Economics, Expository Writing, Geography, Graphic Design, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Studies, Peace & Social Justice, Political Science, Professional Communication, and Sustainability. Possible certificates of interest: Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Transformative Innovation & Design entrepreneurship (TIDE).

Communication Focus

Communication Focus
Studies in Communication and MediaCM 20004
Intercultural CommunicationCM 20064
Strategic CommunicationCM 20074
Public SpeakingCM 24054
Media and Cultural StudiesCM 27754
Communication and LeadershipCM 29154
Professional Social MediaCM 29954
Foreign Language 1000 or 2000 level ***
Global Perspectives in the MediaCM 34854
Film & Video Productions TechniquesCM 37504
Documentary Film MakingCM 37704
Environmental Outreach and CommunicationESP 44054
Foreign Language 3000 or 4000 level ***

Science Focus

Science Focus
Biology Sciences 1BI 11104
Biology Sciences 2BI 11204
Introduction to Environmental Sc. & Poli IESP 21004
General Chemistry 1CH 23354
General Chemistry 2CH 23404
Physics IPH 22103
Physics Laboratory IPH 24301
Physics IIPH 22203
Physics Laboratory IPH 24401
Intro. to Weather Analysis & ForecastingMT 22504
Meteorological Instruments & ObservationsMT 37203
HydrologyESP 33104
Environmental GeologyESP 33354
Environmental HealthESP 35503
ConservationBI 32403
Fresh Water EcologyBI 32604
Plant Diversity and EvolutionBI 47504
Advanced Conservation EcologyESP 43103
Air QualityMT 41503

Geographic Information System and Mapping focus

Geographic Information System and Mapping focus
GIS II: Advanced GISGE 30504
Remote Sensing and Digital Image ProcessingGE 40104
Geospatial Technology ApplicationsGE 40504
GIS ProgrammingGE 40604

Public Policy and Planning focus

Public Policy and Planning focus
American GovernmentPO 10254
Public AdministrationPO 20254
Comparative Politics & GovernmentPO 20504
Community PlanningEPL 21054
Foundations of Environmental PolicyESP 23004
Human GeographyGE 20023
Economic GeographyGE 30804
Political Analysis and PolicyPO 30604
Environmental PlanningEPL 31003
Introduction to PermacultureEPL 31503
Sustainability in ResidencesEPL 32703
Environment and SocietySO 33954
Sustainability in PracticeSO 36054
Decision Making in Natural Resource ManagementESP 43203

Art Focus

Art Focus
Art Foundations 2DAR 10454
Art Foundations 3DAR 10654
Art Foundations Drawing: Line and LanguageAR 10754
Photography IPT 26003
Drawing I: FigureAR 25204
Drawing II: Thematic ExplorationAR 35254
Painting I: FundamentalsAR 30154
Painting II: Thematic ExplorationAR 31254
Printmaking: Cut, Carve, EtchAR 32954
Printmaking: Silkscreen and alternative processesAR 33254
The Art of SustainabilityAR 35703

Business Focus

Business Focus
Business StatisticsBU 22403
Business, Ethics, and SocietyBU 24403
Foundations of Innovation and EntrepreneurshipBU 20404
Principles of MarketingBU 24503
Design Thinking and Venture Start-UpBU 24604
Business and the EnvironmentBU 32203
Social EntrepreneurshipBU 30304
Intro to Ecological EconomicsESP 33403
General Education

CompositionEN 14004
Tackling a Wicked ProblemIS 11154
Directions Courses20
SIDI, PPDI, CTDI, SSDI, other SIDI, PPDI, CTDI or SSDI to complete 20 cr

Year 1
CLM 1000Intro to Climate Studies1
MT 2000Fundamentals of Met & Clim (GACO)3
ESP 2110Intro to Env. Sci. and Policy II4
MA 2300Statistics I (MATH)3
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
EN 1400Composition4
Creative Thought Direction (CTDI)3-4
Past and Present Direction (PPDI)3-4
Self and Society Direction (SSDI)3-4
Total credits28-31
Year 2
ESP 3200Energy and Society3
ESP 3325Climate Risk and Adaptation3
Climate Studies Technical Skills Requirement3-4
Climate Studies Math Requirement (QRCO)4
Interdisciplinary Focus Low-level (3 courses)9-12
(see full list of requirements)
Scientific Inquiry Direction (SIDI)3-4
Total credits29-33
Years 3 and 4
CM 2090Technical Communication (TECO, WRCO)4
MT 4440Climate Change3
Interdisciplinary Focus Upper-level(5 courses)15-20
(see full list of requirements)
CLM 4000Climate Studies Capstone Project2
Wellness Connection (WECO)3-4
Diversity Connection (DICO)3-4
Interdisciplinary Capstone (INCAP)4
2-year total credits63-56
4-year total credits120