In the near and distant future, climate change will impact a wide variety of sectors. This program is appropriate for individuals who plan to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields. Students from a diverse set of academic backgrounds will receive instruction to bolster their knowledge and skills. Incoming students possessing a math or science background will have the opportunity to learn about the policy process and develop communication skills, whereas those with liberal arts or business backgrounds will gain fundamental knowledge of climate science.


Program Highlights


Core Courses (Total – 28 Credit Hours required for degree)

  • MEA517 Fundamentals of Climate Change Science (3 credits, Fall)
  • ST511 Experimental Statistics for Biological Sciences (3 credits, Fall and Spring)
  • GIS510 Introduction to Geographic Information System Science (3 credits, Fall and Spring)
  • MEA518 Climate Risk Analysis for Adaptation (3 credits, Spring)
  • MEA519 Barriers to Climate Change Literacy (3 credits, Spring)
  • ECG515 or PS 536 Environmental and Resource Policy (3 credits, Spring)
  • COM536 Environmental Communication (3 credits, Fall)
  • PHI816 Introduction to Research Ethics (1 credit, Fall and Spring)
  • MEA593 Internship/Research (6 credits, Summer)

Elective Focus Areas (A Minimum of 6 credits are needed in one of the focus areas below)

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Policy
  • Climate Science Communication
  • Climate and Conservation Biology
  • Climate and Water Resources


Please use the NCSU course catalog to learn more about each course listing.