Overview

The Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Climate and Society (CS) emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts and responses. This program provides advanced training for individuals seeking careers in government, insurance, energy, and a number of other weather-impacted industries.  Students in this track are fluent in the fundamentals of business and management, science-society interactions, and the physical and social sciences.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:
 
  1. Open to all undergraduate majors. Previous coursework in science or policy strongly recommended.

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case by case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Curriculum Requirements

ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
or ATM 614 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ATM 653Climate Change3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
GEG 648Climate Change and Public Health (or ELECTIVE)3
EVR 662Intermediate Spatial Analysis (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE)3
Elective3
ATM 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may substitute elective coursework for one or more of the above courses with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
EVR 603Interdisciplinary Environmental Research: Introduction to the Why and the How3
EVR 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy3
EVR 624Statistics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy3
EVR 635Oceans of Thought: Exploring Marine and Environmental Literature3
MGS 776Paleoclimatology3
RSM 616Florida Topics in Environmental Law Policy3
ECS 603Interdisciplinary Environmental Methods3
ARC 639Adaptation to Climate Change3
EPH 633Policy Management of the Health Effects of Climate3
EPH 640Urban Environment and Public Health3
EPH 646Climate and Health3
EPH 727Climate, Environment, and Health: Data Integration and Management3
GEG 648Climate Change and Public Health3

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651 or 614 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
3
ATM 653 Climate Change 3
GEG 648 Climate Change and Public Health 3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory 1
3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
EVR 662 Intermediate Spatial Analysis * 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere * 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
ATM 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Mission

The mission of the Master of Professional Science (MPS) in Climate and Society (CS) is to draw on UM’s breadth and depth in interdisciplinary climatological and meteorological research, addressing risk management in the human health, fisheries, agriculture, water management, natural hazards, and coastal zone sectors. Faculty from RSMAS, Miller School of Medicine, and Geography contribute to the climate and society theme with their analysis of both climate trends and hazards, while faculty at the Schools of Law, Architecture, and the College of Engineering focus on the legal, material, and aesthetic aspects of the built environment that influence the mitigation of vulnerability and development of more resilient urban systems. Within this realm, students in the CS track understand important scientific and socioeconomic challenges, both in terms of urban planning and management of financial risks, resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events. 

Goals

The goal of the Climate and Society (CS) track is to provide students with an understanding of how social vulnerability, mitigation strategies, and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change are strongly mediated by legal, socioeconomic, policy, psychological, epidemiological and cultural factors, including housing and construction codes, environmental risk perception, and health management/delivery. Interdisciplinary studies provide students with advanced training in the analysis of both climate trends and hazards, and application of the legal, material, and aesthetic aspects of the built environment that influence the mitigation of vulnerability and development of more resilient urban systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand and assess financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a written, final report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.