Monday, 23 January 2012
A New Undergraduate Degree At San Jose State University: BS in Meteorology, Concentration in Climate Science
Hall E (New Orleans Convention Center )
Climate science is emerging as the defining contemporary topic in the atmospheric sciences. As a result, new programs and degrees are needed to meet student (and faculty) interest and demand in this area. The Meteorology and Climate Science Department at San Jose State University has recently developed a new concentration in Climate Science leading to the “BS in Meteorology, concentration in Climate Science”. The new program is a major change to our traditional degree, which caters largely to undergraduate students interested in forecasting-related careers. We have developed new courses for the new concentration, and students also have the opportunity to take required courses from various other departments on campus (e.g., on agriculture, energy policy etc.). We describe the new curriculum, and how it attempts to address the current demand for scientists with both interdisciplinary skills and knowledge about our climate systems. In addition to outlining the justification for the new program, we also describe both the challenges and opportunities associated with our goals.