Plymouth State Introduces New Climate Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program

Program is the first of its kind in New Hampshire, and one of only a few in the country

Climate change causes, effects, mitigation, adaptation, policy, communication, and education are some of the most important issues of our time, as well as our future. To address the need for trained professionals for private industry and government jobs working in the various aspects of the climate crisis, Plymouth State University recently launched a new Bachelor’s in Climate Studies program, becoming the first institution in New Hampshire, and one of very few in the country, to offer it as an undergraduate degree.

“High school and college-age students are increasingly taking an active role in doing something about climate change and its effects, yet there are very few college programs available to them that focus on climate studies,” said Ann McClellan, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. “The climate studies program allows students to go deeper into climate science, while offering them flexibility to explore specific areas of interest. The program fits well with our Integrated Clusters approach where students gain interdisciplinary knowledge to provide solutions for our ever-changing world.”

The new climate studies program joins PSU’s nationally recognized meteorology program, and while students will benefit from its classes, state-of-the-art facilities and faculty expertise, the program is truly interdisciplinary. The program will give students a foundation in the science of climate and the field, and allow them to explore a variety of other related disciplines, topics and skills, or pursue areas of specialization that match their interests, such as business or art.

PSU’s climate studies program will prepare students for private and public sector careers in fields such as emergency management, conservation, public policy, tourism, science journalism, planning and a variety of other fields in which climate concerns play a role.

“Climate study is a rapidly-evolving and expanding field, and our program will give students a strong foundation of knowledge and skills,” said Professor of Meteorology and Climate Studies Program Coordinator Lourdes Avilés, Ph.D. “PSU’s Integrated Clusters approach will help students learn to think critically, adapt and work collaboratively – all attributes that are essential for our fast-changing world.” For information on PSU’s new Bachelor’s in Climate Studies program head to its page.