B.S. in Earth Science: Climate Science Concentration

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Program Description

The Climate Science concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Earth Science degree builds skills and knowledge related to collecting, analyzing and interpreting climate data and understanding long-term trends. Through this program, students explore atmospheric processes, climate change issues and factors that influence climate systems. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)

Curriculum

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 17
CIS 120  Problem Solving and Programming 3
EAS 104  Intro to Meteorology 4
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 281  Calculus I 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education OR Free Elective Course 3
   
Second Semester 16
COM 101  Oral Communication 3
EAS 142  Introduction to Climate Science 3
EAS 163  Intro to Oceans and Climate 3
PHY 101  College Physics I 4
MAT 282  Calculus II 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
EAS 245  Weather Analysis and Forecasting I 4
GEO 220  Geography of North America 3
MAT 215  Statistics 3
PHY 202  College Physics II 4
General Education OR Free Elective Course 3
   
Fourth Semester 17
EAS 150  Introduction to Geology 4
EAS 300  Natural Hazards 3
GIS 311  Geographic Information Systems 3
PHS 137  Envi Chemistry 4
Any Recommended OR Free Elective Course 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
EAS 323  Atmos Instrument and Measurement 3
EAS 369  Climate Dynamics 3
EAS 419  Applied Climatology 3
Any Recommended OR Free Elective Courses 6
   
Sixth Semester 15
EAS 414  Synoptic Climatology 3
EAS 431  Digital Media for Weather and Climate 3
Any Recommended OR Free Elective Courses 9
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
EAS 452  Atmos Thermodynamics and Radiation 3
EAS 469  Global Climate Change 3
Any Recommended OR Free Elective Courses 9
   
Eighth Semester 12
EAS 465  Seminar in Atmospheric Science 3
Any Recommended OR Free Elective Courses 9
Total 120

Program Notes

  • 42 credits of advanced coursework at the 300- or 400-level are required. 

Recommended Electives

(at least 12 credits)

  • BIO 248  General Ecology (3 credits)
  • EAS 200  Historical Geology (3 credits)
  • EAS 303  Hydrology (3 credits)
  • EAS 316  Subsurface Geology Land Mgmt (3 credits)
  • EAS 323  Atmos Instrument and Measurement (3 credits)
  • EAS 342  Dynamic Meteorology I (3 credits)
  • EAS 346  Tropical Meteorology & Climate (3 credits)
  • EAS 442  Dynamic Meteorology II (3 credits)
  • EAS 453  Cloud Physics (3 credits)
  • ENS 101  Introduction to Environ Science (3 credits)
  • ENS 399  Conservation Biology (3 credits)
  • ENS 440  Environ Pollution Control (3 credits)
  • GIS 350  Remote Sensing of Environment (3 credits)
  • GIS 413  Environmental Applications GIS (3 credits
  • MAT 360  Non-Parametric Statistics (3 credits)

Program Webpage

https://www.calu.edu/academics/undergraduate/bachelors/climate-science/index.aspx