Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications

Climate Science Applications (CSA)

Climate Science Applications

The Climate Science Applications specialization is designed for individuals who want to tackle some of the most complex and pressing problems of our age. To be effective and get things done in today's economic and political arena requires more than knowing climate science. It demands interaction with urban and regional planners, policy- and decision-makers, advocacy groups, geoengineers, federal, state, and city governments, and the public on matters such as climate impacts, mitigation and adaptation strategies, and cost-benefit ratios and risks. The CSA curriculum emphasizes the interpretation and articulation of climate science, prediction, variability, and uncertainty in light of current economic policy, business and government operations, sustainability, and impacts on society, infrastructure, population migrations, and critical resources. Increasing adoption of climate change action plans will require individuals that can place the science within the context of planning, policy, budget constraints, emergency response, and the public domain.

Career Opportunities

Listed below are just a few of the job areas that are relevant to the CSA specialization:

  • Climate Change Specialist
  • Climate Change Mitigation Analyst
  • Climate Risk & Opportunity Analyst
  • Climate Policy and Law

Major Sequence and Degree Requirements
36 Credits (face-to-face, online, and hybrid course delivery formats)

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • BSN 511 Business Operations and Analysis (4)
  • BSN 512 Accounting and Finance (4)
  • BSN 514 Strategic Management and Leadership (4)
  • ISS 570 Information Analysis (3) or EMGT 633 GIS Applications (3)
  • ECON 507 Environmental Economics (3)
  • MATH 535 Statistical Methods (3)
  • ISCA 698 Field Experience Practicum (3)

Specialization Courses (12 credit hours, at least 4 courses are required)

  • ISCA 541 Climate Science: Evidence, Consensus, and Uncertainty (3)
  • ISCA 542 Energy and Climate Policy (3)
  • ISCA 607 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (3)
  • ISCA 641 Global Markets: Sensitivity & Susceptibility to Weather and Climate (3)
  • ISCA 642 Climate Change Solutions (3)
  • BIOL 647 Chesapeake Bay Systems (3)

Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended showing completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75/4.00 cumulative grade point average. Applicants with grade point averages less than 3.00 must also submit an official score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT test taken within three years of the date of application. An official application form and fee, three professional letters of recommendation, an academic and professional goals statement, and a current resume are also required. Applicants may also be asked to complete a telephone interview with the MSISA program coordinator.

Next Steps

For more information on the MSISA program, please contact the program coordinator:

Dr. Rich Clark
Phone: 717-872-3930 

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