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Climate Change

Track Advisor: John Abatzoglou, Geography

Track prerequisites: At a minimum, students entering the program in this track are expected to have successfully completed college level introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics and algebra.

This track builds on a new graduate climate curriculum in CNR and Geography, and is intended to address the need for professionals who understand not only climate science, but also specific issues related to impacts, mitigation, and adaptation. For example, several enterprises in the Intermountain West are concerned with biological carbon storage, while others are concerned with energy efficiencies and related carbon footprint issues.

This PSM includes graduate courses in biogeography, bioregional planning, watershed science, climatology, land use, climate and water resources, spatial analysis and modeling, carbon cycle, energy systems, and global environmental change. Select graduate courses germane to mitigation and adaptation are taken from curricula in geography, forestry, plant science, soil science, business, and agricultural economics. Courses related to greenhouse gas reduction are taken from programs in bioenergy and bioproducts and the joint program in energy offered at the UI Idaho Falls Center in conjunction with the Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory and the Center for Advanced Energy Studies.

Using these facilities and faculty, the Environmental Science program is developing a graduate emphasis area in sustainable energy systems, and courses in this program will be available to PSM students in the climate change track.

Students will complete a minimum of 35 credits composed of the following:

  • 15 credits in the student’s focused science curriculum
  • 12 credits of professional skills courses
  • 3 credits of internship with an area employer
  • 3 credit elective science skills course
  • 2 credits of non-thesis research experience and seminar 

Science Curriculum (15 credits):

  Climate Change
BAE 504 Northwest Climate and Water Resources Change
3 cr.
GEOG 401 Climatology
3 cr.
GEOG 410 Applied Meteorology and Climatology
3 cr.
GEOG 420 Land, Resources and the Environment   3 cr. 
GEOG 455 Societal Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change
3 cr.
FOR 462 Watershed Science and Management
3 cr.
BIOP 520 Bioregional Planning Theory and Practice
3 cr.
SOIL 527 Sustainable Management of Natural Systems
3 cr.
CSS 510 Communications Theory in Natural Resource Management
3 cr.
GEOG 501 Seminar
3 cr.