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The Earth’s climate system influences nearly all facets of our existence — from the food we grow to the communities we live in to our nation's economy and security. Climate scientists examine satellite and ice core records, predict the future climate using advanced computer models, and collect data around the world. The Climate Science option is built on a strong foundation of physical climate system science and mathematics. You will discover the complex interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, land and ice—and how these interactions impact our planet and society. Learn alongside your classmates through field courses and project-focused classes on climate data modeling and analysis.

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Explore the degree

  • Climate Science Curriculum
  • Degree Learning Outcomes
    • Each student will learn basic concepts in Earth Sciences in preparation for advanced training in the same. Areas include how the earth, ocean, and atmosphere work and interact.
    • Each student will develop quantitative literacy in techniques specific to the major and option.
    • Each student will learn applied practical skills in the discipline at a basic and advanced level through intensive experiential learning.
  • Experiential Learning
  • OSU Catalog

Meet the faculty

More than 70 faculty across the university teach or conduct research in this field, from the science behind climate change to mitigation and adaptation solutions. Meet a few of our faculty.

Karen Shell: Program Head


Erin Pettit: Tracking glaciers on the move

Melanie Fewings: Discovering oceanography with satellites

Nick Siler: From farms to forecasts

Learn about careers

What can you do with a climate science degree? Plenty! Our recent graduates have landed jobs with government agencies, renewable energy companies and consulting firms, and have gone on to graduate school. A few recent examples include:

  • Stream surveyor, U.S. Forest Service
  • Climate scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Graduate student, Western Illinois University
  • Program Manager, Quantum Spatial Inc.