The environmental movement has long focused on the importance of science education for students to prepare for a variety of careers and positions.
But a new analysis of federal data from the U.S. Department of Education suggests that a higher degree in ecology may also be necessary for many students, even if they are not pursuing a career in environmental science.
The analysis by the U-M Center for Climate Change Communication and Policy found that a climate-based degree from the University of Michigan is worth at least $4,300 over a five-year period.
That’s equivalent to an additional $3,200 in federal aid over the course of a graduate degree, according to the analysis by Emily D. Shafer, director of the Center for Ecology and Environment and a faculty member at the school.
Students who complete a climate change science degree will be able to earn $10,600 in aid annually, Shafer said.
But many of the students who take the course also will benefit from higher tuition.
The university will offer the degree to more than 1,200 students in the spring and fall semesters, and the degree is available for $12,500 for those who enroll in fall 2019.
Shaver said she is also hoping to expand the degree’s scope to include more students who are also interested in the environmental sciences.
“We’re trying to do more and more,” she said.
“They’re going to want to study environmental sciences more.
That is a real, real value for students who want to enter this field, as well as a real value to the workforce.”
The university’s Climate Change Education and Leadership Program will also be expanded to include students in climate change-related fields such as public health and environmental policy, Shaver added.
Students interested in a climate study can also apply for the Ecology Education and Technology degree, which Shafer described as a combination of ecology and technology.
Students will be required to take courses such as the Ecology Ecology and Environmental Science course, which is designed to introduce students to the scientific principles underlying climate change.
“It’s an environmental-policy-focused course,” Shafer told The Washington Post.
“It’s not a climate course.”
The Climate Change and Natural Resources Institute at Michigan State University is also offering a climate and natural resources degree.
The institute’s website also offers a list of the four disciplines offered at Michigan.
The Climate Change Program will be open to all students, and they can choose to take the Climate Change, Environmental Science, and Science and Technology courses.
The climate and climate change degree will cost $1,000, but Shafer expects that cost to increase if more students choose the degree.
Shafer said the degree will also have a practical application.
The climate program is intended to help students prepare for jobs in environmental and environmental science, Shorter said.
Students who choose the environmental and natural sciences degree can then choose to apply for a job in that field, she added.
“Climate science is not just a career.
It’s a career and a career track that’s not just for scientists, it’s for the entire community,” Shorter added.
“You want to be able that you can take a course in climate science, apply for jobs and go on to become a leader in the community.”
In general, Shatter said she does not think the college will be losing money on the climate degree.
“I don’t see it as a loss,” she told The Post.
The cost of a climate education is likely to increase over time.
In 2019, the Climate Ecology Program will cost about $20,000 a year, and students will be awarded $10.50 toward the cost of the program over five years.
The College of Forestry and Environmental Studies at the University in Wisconsin will also increase its cost to $1.8 million in 2020, the report said.
The Environmental Education and Science program will also see an increase.
Shorter expects that program to increase from about $5 million in 2019 to about $13 million in 2025.
“There is definitely a growing need for these types of programs,” Shatter added.