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.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major20
BIOL 031. Principles of Biology IIB2+B34
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 IssuesD13
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 nine 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. Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
GEOG 182. Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis3
METR 131. Air Pollution Meteorology3
University Electives3

Total Units:120