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Atmospheric science

This program addresses the growing demand for trained professionals in the Earth sciences.

The degree emphasizes a research-oriented, global systems approach to studying the Earth and its systems- the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere, including their interrelationships and interactions with the biosphere. Emphasis is on the observation, measurement, and analysis of Earth's systems.

This is a shared program between the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences and the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science.

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Program Highlights

  • The program offers a research-oriented, global systems approach to studying the Earth and its systems — atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, including their interrelationships and interactions with the biosphere.
  • Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of Earth systems science and the requisite tools, specifically pertaining to the area of Earth science that they choose to investigate.
  • Students are encouraged to undertake a master's thesis but may choose a research project. In the latter case, students must pass a comprehensive exam.

Course Catalog

Review admission and course requirements for this degree:

Career Paths

Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of Earth systems science and the requisite tools, specifically pertaining to the area of Earth science that they choose to investigate.

Research Opportunities

Students can pursue graduate Earth Science graduate degrees under the advisorship of AOES faculty members with the PhD or MS Programs within the Department of Environmental Science and Policy.