About the Climate Science Degree
Changes in Earth’s climate impact businesses and industries, agriculture and medicine, our environment and our local communities.
With a climate science degree from PennWest California, you’ll be ready to address our society’s growing concerns and mitigation efforts related to the effects of a changing climate.
The climate science concentration in PennWest California’s Earth science degree program provides an in-depth study of climatology and related fields. Through a robust array of both online and on-campus courses, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to understand complex climate-based issues and how they interrelate with physical hazards in the natural world.
This 120-credit climate science program can position you for graduate-level study or prepare you for climate science jobs associated with weather, climate variability and environmental concerns arising from both natural and human influences.
As a trained climate scientist, you can impact the future of our planet.
Benefit from a unique professional partnership.
PennWest California is the only university partnered with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the world’s most renowned professional society for atmospheric, oceanic and hydrologic (water) scientists.
Through this partnership, faculty in PennWest California’s undergraduate climate science degree program have access to special climate-focused learning materials.
They encourage students to participate in the local AMS student chapter, which provides opportunities for travel to professional meetings and to take part in weather/climate discussions, analysis and forecasting. Some weather/climate outlooks are disseminated to a wide range of stakeholders in the greater Pittsburgh region.
PennWest California also has a strong relationship with the National Weather Service office in Moon Township, Pa., which opens doors to internships and research projects with NWS staff.