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Atmospheric science

Join us in working to better understand our planet.

From simulating atmospheric temperature to explaining geological layers to tracing ocean circulation, the Atmospheric Science, Climate, and Earth Science Department gives students new tools to explore our planet. You will benefit from the wide range of faculty expertise across undergraduate and graduate programs in AOES.

Cutaway view of the Earth's core

Atmospheric, Oceanic & Earth Sciences News & Events



Picture a Scientist Screening and Discussion with Filmmakers

Nov 4, 2021/7:00 - 9:30 PM

JC Cinema and simultaneous Zoom
Registration will be available soon. 

A part of Mason's Visiting Filmmakers Series, the College of Science and Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact are pleased to support this special screening of Picture a Scientist. Picture a Scientist chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins

Thanksgiving Observance: University Closed

Nov 24, 2021/12:00 PM - Nov 26, 2021/5:00 PM


Winter Holiday

Dec 20, 2021/8:30 AM - Dec 31, 2021/5:00 PM

Graduate Research Assistantships

Financial support is available for doctoral students

Climate Dynamics Students

A research powerhouse pushing boundaries of climate dynamics and prediction

Students learn the fundamentals of weather and atmospheric dynamics, participate in the research leadership of AOES in climate modeling, and benefit from the many facilities conducting atmosphere-related research and operations in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Visit Us On Campus

Contact our program coordinators or main office to learn more about the department or schedule a visit.

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  • AOES Main Offices

    3451 Exploratory Hall and 109 Research Hall Phone: 703-993-5394

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Exploratory Hall at George Mason University Fairfax Campus

Why AOES at Mason?

Over 80,000

Approximate number of times AOES faculty articles were cited in the scientific literature.


Average class lab size. 


Number of degree programs offered by the department to undergraduate and graduate students.

Support our department

The Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences Department gratefully accept donations to provide student scholarships and support program operations.

Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences: Provides general operations support to the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences Departments 

Climate and Atmospheric Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship Fund: Provides scholarship support for undergraduates pursuing an Atmospheric Sciences degree. This scholarship is available to full and part-time students, in-state or out-of-state, and is based on academic merit. 

Jagadish and Anastasia Shukla AOES Endowed Fellowship: Provides fellowship support for Climate Dynamics PhD students. Recipients must be full-time, may be in-state, out-of-state, or international students. Will qualify on the basis of academic merit. 

Geology Program: Provides operational support for the Geology Program 

College of Science Vision Fund (included on all giving forms): Provides general operational support for the College of Science