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Graduate Certificate in Climatology and Climate Change

The Graduate Certificate in Climatology and Climate Change program will train both traditional and non-traditional students. It can enhance your career opportunities in industry, local, state, and federal government, laboratories, academia, and entrepreneurship by providing you with an interdisciplinary education focused on climate science and climate communication and policy. The program will attract researchers and students to LSU and prepare them to succeed with a grounding in climatology.

We envision the Climatology and Climate Change Certificate as a 12 credit hour standalone certificate with courses offered in the Departments of Geography and Anthropology, Agricultural Economics, Manship School of Mass Communication, School of the Coast and Environment, and the LSU Law School. Students must complete at least two courses from a climate science module (6 credit hours) and two courses from a climate communications and policy module (6 credit hours) for a combined total of 12 credit hours. The course breakdown is as follows (3 credit hours for each course):

Climate Science: Choose any 2 for 6 hours

GEOG 4013: Meteorology
GEOG 4014: Climatology
GEOG 4015: Physical Climatology
GEOG 4016: Methods of Climatological Analysis
GEOG 4018: Geographical Hydrology
GEOG 4221: Tropical Atmosphere
GEOG 4083: Environmental Change of Ice Ages
GEOG 7917: Climatology of Extreme Events
OCS 7129: Global Climate Change and Wetlands

Climate Communication, Human-Dimensions, and Policy: Choose any 2 for a total of 6 hours

AGEC 7513: Dynamics in Natural Resource Economics
AGEC 7523: Nonmarket Valuation Methods in Agriculture and Nat Res
ANTH 4997: Environmental Anthropology
ARCH 4041: Issues in Sustainability
CMST 4160: Persuasive Communication on Climate
ENVS 4261: Energy and the Environment
ENVS 4600: Global Environmental Change: Past, Present, and Future
ENVS 7047: Environmental Economics and Policy
GEOG 4070 Environmental Conservation
GEOG 4080 Historical Geography
GEOG 4997: Global Change
LAW 5337: Law of Coastal Adaptation and Global Warming
LAW 5414: Climate Change Law
MC 7040: Crisis Communication
MC 7015: Mass Communication and Society
RNR 4107: Human Dimensions in Natural Resources