Climate Studies (BS)

This program is highly interdisciplinary and designed to address the increasing interest in dealing with the problem of climate change. Students will gain a foundation in climate science, technical and communication skills, and have high flexibility in following one or more interdisciplinary focus areas (in art, business, communication, public policy, geographic information systems and mapping, or go deeper into a variety of science possibilities). The problem of climate change goes well beyond basic science and in order to appropriately solve current and future problems caused by its effects, a highly interdisciplinary approach and experts with many different types of skills are needed. A wide variety of these areas of expertise exist at Plymouth State and this program uses them to prepare professionals that can address one or more of the many needs related to studying, educating people about, planning for, regulating, adapting to, and dealing with climate change and its many effects, by building on the students’ own interests and skills.

Course Title Credits
Major Requirements
CLM 1000Introductory Climate Studies Seminar1
MT 2000Fundamentals of Meteorology and Climatology (GACO)3
ESP 2110Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy II4
ESP 3200Energy and Society3
ESP 3325Climate, Risk, and Adaptation (GACO,INCO,INCP)3
CM 3095Technical Communication (TECO,WRCO)4
MT 4440Climate Change (INCO,INCP)3
CLM 4000Climate Studies Capstone Project2
Math and Technical Skills
MA 2300Statistics I (QRCO)3
MA 2130Precalculus (QRCO)4
or MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO)
Take one of the following:3-4
GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (QRCO,TECO)
Computing Fundamentals (TECO)
Introduction to Programming
Interdisciplinary Focus Areas
Take three lower-level (1000/2000) courses and take five upper-level (3000/4000) courses 1,224-32
Communication Focus
Studies in Communication and Media (TECO)
Intercultural Communication
Strategic Communication
Public Speaking
Media and Cultural Studies (TECO)
Communication and Leadership
Professional Social Media
Foreign Language 1000/2000 3
Global Perspectives in the Media (GACO)
Film and Video Production Techniques
Documentary Film-making
Environmental Outreach and Communication
Foreign Language 3000/4000 3
Science Focus
Biological Science I (TECO)
Biological Science II
General Chemistry I (QRCO)
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy I
Introduction to Weather Analysis and Forecasting
Physics I
and Physics Laboratory I
Physics II
and Physics Laboratory II
Conservation (DICO,GACO,INCO,INCP)
Freshwater Ecology
Plant Diversity & Evolution
Environmental Geology (TECO)
Environment and Health (WECO)
Advanced Conservation Ecology
Meteorological Instruments and Observations (WRCO)
Air Quality (INCO,INCP)
Geographic Information System and Mapping Focus
GIS II: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
Geospatial Technology Applications
GIS Programming
Public Policy and Planning Focus
Community Planning
Foundations of Environmental Policy (WRCO)
Human Geography
American Government
Public Administration (DICO)
Comparative Politics and Government
Environmental Planning
Introduction to Permaculture
Sustainability in Residences
Decision Making in Environmental Management
Economic Geography
Political Analysis and Policy (WRCO)
Environment and Society (INCO,INCP)
Sustainability in Practice (WECO)
Art Focus
Art Foundations 2D: Composition and Content
Art Foundations 3D: Materials and Meaning
Art Foundations Drawing: Line and Language
Drawing I: Figure
Photography I
Painting I: Fundamentals
Painting II: Thematic Exploration
Printmaking: Cut, Carve, Etch
Printmaking: Silkscreen and Alternative Processes
Drawing II: Thematic Exploration
Art and Sustainability
Business Focus
Foundations of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Business Statistics (QRCO)
Business, Ethics, and Society
Principles of Marketing
Design Thinking and Venturing
Social Entrepreneurship
Business and the Environment
Introduction to Ecological Economics
General Education Requirements
EN 1400Composition4
IS 1115Tackling a Wicked Problem4
CTDICreative Thought Direction3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction3-4
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction3-4
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 44-8
DICODiversity Connection3-4
WECOWellness Connection3-4
INCPIntegrated Capstone4
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

Check all course descriptions for prerequisites before planning course schedule. Course sequence is suggested but not required.

To complete the bachelor’s degree in 4 years, you must successfully complete a minimum of 15 credits each semester or have a plan to make up credits over the course of the 4 years.  For example, if you take 14 credits one semester, you need to take 16 credits in another semester.  Credits completed must count toward your program requirements (major, option, minor, certificate, general education or free electives)

Plan of Study Grid
Year OneCredits
CLM 1000 Introductory Climate Studies Seminar 1
MT 2000 Fundamentals of Meteorology and Climatology (GACO) 3
ESP 2110 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy II 4
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO) 3
IS 1115 Tackling a Wicked Problem 4
EN 1400 Composition 4
CTDICreative Thought Direction 3-4
PPDIPast and Present Direction 3-4
SSDISelf and Society Direction 3-4
Year Two
ESP 3200 Energy and Society 3
ESP 3325 Climate, Risk, and Adaptation (GACO,INCO,INCP) 3
MA 2130
Precalculus (QRCO)
or Calculus I (QRCO)
Take one of the following: 3-4
GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (QRCO,TECO)  
Computing Fundamentals (TECO)  
Introduction to Programming  
Interdisciplinary Focus - Lower Level (3 courses) 9-12
SIDIScientific Inquiry Direction 3-4
Elective 3-4
Years Three and Four
CM 3095 Technical Communication (TECO,WRCO) 4
MT 4440 Climate Change (INCO,INCP) 3
Interdisciplinary Focus Upper Level (5 courses) 15-20
CLM 4000 Climate Studies Capstone Project 2
Directions (choose from CTDI, PPDI, SIDI, SSDI) 4-8
WECOWellness Connection 3-4
DICODiversity Connection 3-4
INCPIntegrated Capstone 4
Electives 11-21
 Total Credits120