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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 program 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 Program flyer
  • Climate Science Advising Worksheets
    • Major (catalog year 2021-22 and beyond)
    • Option (catalog year through 2021-22)
  • Degree Learning Outcomes
    • Explain the physical, chemical, and biological processes that govern the climate system over a large range of time scales and how people influence the climate.
    • Acquire, analyze, and interpret instrumental, proxy, and model data to characterize the climate system, detect climate change, identify causes of observed climate changes, and project future climate change. Identify and evaluate sources of uncertainty in these observations and projections.
    • Evaluate risks of climate change impacts, identify natural and human systems vulnerable to climate change, and assess the options for mitigating and adapting to those impacts.
    • Communicate climate science in an effective manner to a variety of audiences, including stakeholders and the general public.
  • ATS 295 Field Course: Observing Climate
  • 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.

Andrea Allan, Program Head

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.

Meet the CEOAS Career Advisor

Meet some climate science students and alumni

What Can I Do with a Climate Science Degree?


Erin Pettit

Tracking glaciers on the move

Melanie Fewings

Discovering oceanography with satellites

Nick Siler

From farms to forecasts