Understanding climate – the extremes and the in-between.
Earth’s climate is constantly changing. If you are curious about how extreme those changes have been, how we know what the climate was like millions of years ago, and how we understand the atmospheric processes that cause weather and climate, the climate science minor is a good place to start.
Areas of Study
The UMW climate science minor is interdisciplinary, including courses from the departments of biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, geography, and physics. It is also flexible – you can combine classes to fit your interests, skills, and goals. This minor is housed in the Department of Geography.
An undergraduate minor in climate science prepares you for graduate study in a variety of disciplines. It is also suitable for careers in planning and environmental consulting. For students interested in how the past has influenced modern landscapes and organisms, and for those who want to be more involved in conversations about climate change, this minor is for you.
University of Mary Washington’s proximity to Washington, D.C., gives students access to internships with federal agencies, local governments, private industry, and nonprofit organizations.
The climate science minor requires 16 to 18 credits from among geography, environmental science, biology, and physics classes. Required courses include the subjects of weather and climate, dynamic climatology, and climate change.