A New Climate Science Curriculum: Proposed Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology at SUNY Oneonta
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm TSU - Humphries: 118
Poster Session Part of Friday
In this work, we present a novel curriculum for a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Climatology that has been proposed at SUNY Oneonta. The observable effects of climate change and the debate about what should be done to mitigate these effects have prompted a need for climate literacy among a broad section of the population. However, the field of climatology has traditionally been relegated to upper-division coursework within a department of meteorology, geography and/or geosciences or to graduate programs. Course prerequisites and the upper division designation pose barriers to students looking to gain introductory-level experience with climatology. We have developed an introduction to climatology course, without prerequisites, focusing on themes of energy, water, wind, and the interaction between the land surface and the atmosphere. It is anticipated that the introductory climatology class within the broader curriculum will become a general education course to attract non-majors. For those students looking to immerse themselves more fully in the field of climatology, a four year curriculum has been developed using a mixture of new climatology courses and existing meteorology and geography courses. While SUNY Oneonta would not be offering the first climate-related bachelor's degree in the US, other bachelors-level programs in climate focus more on policy or are tracks within majors in geography or meteorology. This curriculum was developed without the need for new faculty and is currently awaiting approval by state and university administration.