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Mason will start the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, August 24, with a mix of in-person instruction, expanded online classes, and research activities. Review Mason's Safe Return to Campus Plan and explore College level resources

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

All AOES Mason Core courses are on-line Fall 2020!

These classes include:

Non-lab classes

  • CLIM 101 Global Warming: Weather, Climate and Society
  • CLIM 111 Introduction to Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

Lab Classes

  • CLIM 111/112 Intro to Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science + Lab
  • GEOL 101 Introductory Geology I
  • GEOL 102 Introductory Geology I

Mason students talk about why they took Mason Core science classes in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences (AOES) Department. Check it out!


Get an early start on your career by conducting research on campus or in an internship at one of the NASA, National Weather Service, US Geological Survey, and other labs in the Washington-DC area.  Our undergraduate and graduate alumni go on to work in academia, the federal government, consulting, and industry throughout the country.

Professor Mark Uhen

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

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.

Cloud Cover

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.