Climate Change Science

  • Bachelor of Science

In-Person Plus at:

  • Lyndon, VT
  • Castleton, VT
  • Johnson, VT

In Person Plus programs are In Person with options for cross-campus classes and flexibility for remote study.

Make a difference by addressing climate change head-on in Vermont State University’s innovative Climate Change program. Learn about the science and solutions in our Climate Change B.S. program and focus on atmospheric sciences, environmental issues, decarbonization, and renewable energy. You’ll not only learn about the science behind climate change, but you’ll be able to effectively communicate the realities of climate change and its impact on weather, ecological systems, and our food and water supply.  

Why Study Climate Change Science at Vermont State?

  • Earn a living while making a difference: The average salary for environmental scientists and specialists is $76,530, and the field is expected to grow 8% through 2030*. 
  • Small class sizes: You’ll learn in a supportive environment, with small classes taught by knowledgeable professors.  
  • Climate-conscious setting: Live, learn, and work in Vermont – a state that takes climate action seriously and works together to find solutions to the climate crisis.  
  • Professional connections: Students are involved with advocacy groups fighting for scientific solutions to climate change, like The Climate Consensus.
  • Nationally renowned atmospheric science programs: Students choose Vermont State because of the strength of our nationally known atmospheric sciences department, weather center, observation deck, and computer graphics equipment.   

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Financial Aid for Climate Change Science Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in climate change science to students across Vermont and beyond. More than 80 percent of Vermont State students are awarded financial aid, including new students, transfer students, international students, out-of-state students, and first-generation students. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your options.

Internships & Jobs in Climate Change Science

Climate Change Science students participate in impactful research, engage in climate policy discussions, and find meaningful ways to practice effective science communication. 

Previous students have held paid internships with department faculty to understand how climate change will affect rainfall, to conduct lightning research, and to establish a climate outreach network.

High School Teaching Option

Are you interested in pursuing secondary education licensure in the sciences? If so, the Natural Science major is designed to prepare students for teaching high school science in a variety of areas with courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and environmental science. Students would pair this major with a second major in the Inclusive Adolescent Education program (BA). This will allow them to pursue a license to teach science at the secondary level (grades 7-12).

Minor in Climate Change Science

Interested in adding a minor to your degree program? You can minor in Climate Change Science.

Student Stories

“Here, you know everyone in your classes, and you know all your professors just like they’re friends of yours. It’s pretty incredible. And through The Climate Consensus group on campus, I’ve learned how to talk to people of different ages and relay the message of the seriousness of climate change.” 

Maison DeJesus ‘22