Educational Policies Committee

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The Climate Science Degree (CSD) program in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate is focused on understanding the nature and change of the climate system by applying the basic principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry. The CSD program will train the next generation of global leaders in climate and climate change sciences while promoting a citizenry informed on the science behind the important environmental and hazard issues of the time. This undergraduate degree program emphasizes the scientific study of the behavior of weather and climate, and applications to the important practical problems of climate prediction and weather forecasting for natural resources. The CSD program is unique in that it incorporates fundamental knowledge of physical climate with the emergence of a new and more complete approach, encompassing all components of the climate system—atmosphere, water, and land surface—to gain a comprehensive understanding of climate change.