Climate change causes, effects, mitigation, adaptation, policy, communication, and education are among the most important issues of this time. To address the need for trained professionals for private industry and government jobs working on various aspects of the climate crisis, Plymouth State University (PSU) recently launched a new Bachelor’s in Climate Studies program, becoming the first institution in New Hampshire, and one of only a few nationwide.
“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 PSU Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Ann McClellan. “The Climate Studies program allows students to go deeper into climate science while offering the 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 Climate Studies program joins PSU’s meteorology program, and the program is 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.
The program seeks to 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 plays 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.
For information on PSU’s new Bachelor’s in Climate Studies program, visit plymouth.edu/climate-studies.