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Meteorology and Climate Science Department

BS - Meteorology, Concentration in Climate Science

The BS Meteorology, concentration in Climate Science program is designed to prepare students for careers in emerging fields of climate change studies and mitigation, and related fields including energy and carbon management. Graduating students will be ready to begin careers in the private sector or in government, or will be ready to enter graduate programs in the atmospheric/climate sciences.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements33
Of the 51 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Preparation for the Major21
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
Requirement of the Major61
Core Courses53
COMM 146F. Communication and the Environment4
ENVS 001. Introduction to Environmental IssuesD33
ENVS 119. Energy and the EnvironmentR3
ENVS 133. Sustainable Energy Strategies3
GEOL 003. Planet EarthB13
ISE 103. Life Cycle Engineering3
METR 012. Global Warming: Science and SolutionsB13
METR 040. Weather Seminar1
METR 050. Scientific Computing I2
METR 051. Scientific Computing II2
METR 060. Meteorology I3
METR 071. Introduction to Climate Science2
METR 100W. Writing Workshop: Meteorological ReportsZ3
METR 123. Advanced Climatology3
METR 135. The Global Carbon Cycle3
METR 136. Empirical Techniques in Meteorology3
METR 163. Meteorological Instrumentation3
METR 173. Global Climate Modeling3
METR 174. Climate Change Solutions3
Complete eight units from:
ENVS 107. Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy3
ENVS 116. Solar Energy Analysis3
ENVS 124. Introduction to Environmental Law3
ENVS 128. Water Resource Management3
ENVS 130. Energy Policy Analysis3
ENVS 132. Solar Home Design3
GEOG 120. Food Supply and Agricultural Systems3
GEOG 124. Topics in Physical Geography3
GEOG 130. Natural Resources3
GEOG 170. Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 171. Map and GIS Analysis3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
GEOG 182. Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis3
METR 131. Air Pollution Meteorology3

Total Units:120