Master of Science in Integrated Scientific Applications

Climate Science Applications (CSA)

Climate Science Applications

The Climate Science Applications (CSA) specialization is designed for those individuals who want to tackle some of the most complex and pressing problems of our age. To be effective – to get things done - in today’s economic and political arena requires more than knowing climate science. It demands that we interact 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, cost-benefit ratios and risks, both economic and societal. The MSISA curriculum emphasizes the interpretation and articulation of climate science, prediction, variability and uncertainty, and natural responses, with 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 Climate Science Applications specialization

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

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

Admission Requirements
Applicants must provide an official transcript from all institutions of higher education attended, and verify completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum of a 2.75/4.00 cumulative grade point average. Applicants must also submit an official score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT test that was taken within three years of the date of application. A resume and telephone interview are required.

Core Courses (24 s.h.)

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

Specialization Courses (12 s.h. at least 4 courses are required)

  • BIOL 446 Chesapeake Bay Systems (3)
  • ISCA 541 Climate Science: Evidence, Consensus, and Uncertainty (3)
  • ISCA 542 Energy and Climate Policy (3)
  • ISCA 641 Global Markets: Sensitivity and Susceptibility to Weather and Climate (3)
  • ISCA 642 Climate Change Solutions (3)
  • ISCA 607 Global Environmental Policy and Negotiation (3)

Next Steps

For more information on the MSISA program please contact program cordinator:

Dr. Rich Clark
Phone: 717-872-3289


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