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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

University Graduation Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM63
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement0
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major21
BIOL 001A. Foundations of BiodiversityB2+B35
CHEM 001A. General ChemistryB1+B35
MATH 030. Calculus IB43
PHYS 002A. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
PHYS 002B. Fundamentals of PhysicsB1+B34
Requirements of the Major62
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
Electives9
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
University Electives2

Total Units:120