Climate Science and Policy

Climate Science and Policy (B.S.)

##Note: The Climate Science and Policy degree will be incorporated into the Earth Systems Science degree in 2018. Applications for entry into Climate Science and Policy are currently on hold.

As greenhouse gas emissions and global temperatures continue to rise, climate change will become one of the defining issues of the 21st century. How we respond will affect our economy and environment for generations.

UW Bothell is the first institution in the country to offer an undergraduate major (B.S) in Climate Science and Policy. The major is a true interdisciplinary curriculum providing students fundamental knowledge in math, chemistry, physics, policy and economics, along with detailed understanding of the scientific and societal issues important to the earth’s climate system.

Climate Science and Policy Prerequisites

Students may apply for admission with a combined 20 credits from the following:

Math: Calculus I, Calculus II
Physics: Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Oscillatory Motion
Chemistry: General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, General Chemistry III

Climate Science and Policy

Students with a Bachelor of Science in Climate Science and Policy can pursue career paths in industries, public agencies, and non-governmental organizations that are affected by climate change policies or the impacts of climate change. These include:

  • Environment and natural resource management
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Conventional and alternative energy
  • Public health
  • Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Education
  • Research

Learn more

Interested?   Speak with an advisor today.

Chris Shaeffer, Academic Advisor

To make an advising appointment, please call the STEM Office at 425-352-3746 or send e-mail to