Dr. William Capehart, Program Coordinator
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program
Mineral Industries 201
Associate Professors Capehart, French, Kliche; Assistant Kunza; Emeritus Professors Detwiler, Helsdon, Hjelmfelt and Smith. Instructor Clabo.
Masters of Science Study in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
The Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences (AES) program offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science degree in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences with specializations in meteorology or environmental science, and the doctor of philosophy degree in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. See here for more detail in the AES Doctoral Program: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Ph.D.
The meteorology specialization in the AES graduate program is designed to give students experience in atmospheric science-related research while developing a broad understanding of the factors influencing atmospheric phenomena, including solar and terrestrial radiation, fluid dynamics, mesoscale processes, regional climate processes, thermodynamics, microphysical and electrical processes in clouds, and atmospheric chemistry. Instruction is offered in the interpretation of conventional weather, satellite and radar data; observations collected by state-of-the art research instrumentation; and output from numerical models of atmospheric processes. Program requirements are specified below
Environmental Science Specialization
The environmental science specialization in the AES graduate program is designed to give students experience in environmental science research while learning about global environmental change, biogeochemistry, aquatic ecology, atmosphere biosphere interactions, hydrology, experimental design and analyses, and environmental modeling. Program requirements are specified below.
Admission to the Masters of Science in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
A student applying for admission to the master’s degree program in the Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program should have a baccalaureate degree in meteorology or atmospheric sciences, environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or engineering. For the meteorology specialization, undergraduate courses in physics and in mathematics through ordinary differential equations are required and experience with computer programming is recommended. For the environmental science specialization an undergraduate course in calculus is required and courses in biology, chemistry, and physics are desirable. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the General Test are required for all students except School of Mines graduates. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required of all applicants from colleges outside the U.S.
Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
The M.S. AES Program has both thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires a total of 32 credit hours of which a minimum of 6 credit hours (but no more than 9 credit hours) of research credits reserved for completing a thesis. The non-thesis option requires 32 credit hours of which 3 credit hours are reserved for an M.S. research project.