Program Format

 Science Centered. Policy Driven. Global Reach.

Program Format

The MAS CSP program equips students with the knowledge they need to help form and implement the mitigation and adaptation policy necessary to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to a new energy economy and plan to make current infrastructure more resilient to the ongoing impacts of climate change. An innovative program curriculum focuses on development of local capacity and science-based management tools.

Courses for the MAS CSP program are led by professors from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and from a variety of top-ranked departments at UC San Diego, including the Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy, Rady School of Management, as well as the departments of Communications, Economics, Visual Arts, and others. Government agencies, corporate partners, business leaders, and non-government agencies enhance the program by providing special lectures and discussions. 

The one-year intensive program is designed for students to take a year off work to complete 50 quarter units of study, beginning with an 8-week Summer Immersion. 

Program Coursework

SUMMER

  • SIOC 290S - Climate Math and Science (6 units)
    The course will introduce key physical and biogeochemical concepts needed to understand the Earth's climate system. The overview will provide a foundation for examining the physical evidence of climate change. Mathematical methods will be presented to reinforce the scientific concepts. 
     
  • SIOC 291S - Intro to Climate Policy (6 units)
    This course will focus on policy solutions to climate change and introduce key topics in state, national, and international environmental law and policy. The energy system as well as energy policy will be examined, providing essential foundation for understanding California's renewable energy policy goals and how we may get there. Students will complete group papers, presentations and lead discussions and will participate in a one-week field trip. 

FALL

  • SIO 117 - The Physical Basis of Global Warming (4 units)
    Introduction to the processes behind global warming, including the physics of the greenhouse effect, controls on greenhouse gases, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, climate feedbacks, relationship to natural climate variability, and global environmental issues related to global warming.
     
  • ECON 281 - Economics of the Environment (4 units)
    Covers environmental issues from an economic perspective. Examines relation of the environment to economic growth and management of natural resources, such as forest and fresh water. Policies of air, water, and toxic waste pollution are discussed, as well as international issues such as ozone depletion and sustainable development. 
     
  • SIOC 296 - CSP Forum (1 unit)
    Course will focus on the development of the MAS Capstone Project and discussions covering climate science and policy issues, including informal student presentations on political, economic, historical, educational, and natural science issues related to climate science and policy. 
     
  • Elective Course (4 units)
    Choose from over 250 elective options from any department on campus!

WINTER

  • SIOC 293 - Ocean-Atmosphere & Climate Variability (4 units)
    Course will examine the general structure of the ocean and atmosphere and consider processes and itneractions that contribute to climate variability. We will describe dominant climate models of variability, such as ENSO, and evaluate processes driving cliamte change on longer timescales, such as ice ages and deglaciation. Finally, we will explore how climate system processes and feedbacks modulate the impacts of anthropogenic greenhouse gases, and how they may be impacted in a warming climate. 
     
  • GPCO 400 - Policy Making Processes (4 units)
    This course is designed to teach students how to "read" a country's political and economic system. The course will examine how the particular evolution of institutional frameworks in the different countries of the Pacific region influences the way that political choices are made.
     
  • SIOC 296 - CSP Forum (1 unit)
    Course will focus on the development of the MAS Capstone Project and discussions covering climate science and policy issues, including informal student presentations on political, economic, historical, educational, and natural science issues related to climate science and policy. 
     
  • Elective Course (4 units) 
    Choose from over 250 elective options from any department on campus!

SPRING

  • SIOC 299 - CSP Capstone Project (4 units)
    Fall and Winter provide planning and momentum leading up to students' final Capstone Project in the Spring. 
    Spring Quarter is highly-involved, and devoted entirely to the data collection, analysis, production and presentation of a successful, substantial project which is then presented at the Annual Symposium. 
  • Elective Course (4 units)
    Choose from over 250 elective options from any department on campus!


Electives
Using the powerful network of interdisciplinary departments and faculty experts at UC San Diego, your elective courses are designed to allow you to customize the program to align with your specific personal interests and professional career goals. Examples of past electives have included:

  • The Politics of International and National Policy Making
  • Economies of the Pacific Rim
  • Strategy & Negotiation
  • Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • Social Inequality and Public Policy
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Racism
  • Environmental Law
  • The Emergence of Modern Science
  • Invention of Tropical Disease
  • Business Law
  • Innovation to Market
  • Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Entrepreneurship 
  • Global Justice
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Bending the Curve: Solutions to Climate Change
  • Gender, Politics and Globalization
  • Climate Change and Global Health
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Polar System Science
  • Environmental Fluid Dynamics 
  • Marine GIS
  • Land Use Planning 
  • Virtual Environments
  • Documentary
  • And more! 


Rady School of Management, Photo: Erik Jepsen

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