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2020-2021 SDSM&T Academic Catalog 
    
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Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, MS


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Contact Information

Dr. William J. Capehart, Program Director
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences
Mineral Industries 201
(605) 394-1994
E-mail: William.Capehart@sdsmt.edu

MS in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

The MS in Atmospheric Sciences offers two specializations, one in Environmental Science and one in Meteorology.

SD Mines undergraduate students admitted to the Accelerated MS may apply up to 9 credits of approved 400/500/600 level AES coursework toward both the BS and the MS degrees.

Degree requirements for thesis option


Distribution of credits


AES Core Requirements: 5 credits
Research or project requirements: 6-9 credits
Elective Coursework: 18-21 credits
Total credits: 32

A minimum of 16 credits of the 32 required must be taken at the 600 level or above.

Core requirements


Research or project requirements


  • The completion of a master’s thesis, approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee and the Dean of Graduate Education, is required for this degree.

  • Credits: Credit to be arranged. **
  • ** At least 6 credits of AES 798 are required. No more than 9 credits of AES 798 may be counted toward the degree.

Elective requirements


This program requires 18-21 credit hours of electives. At least 15 credits must have an AES prefix and course number at the 500-level or above.

Examinations


A thesis defense and final oral examination are required for this degree.

Additional requirements


In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

Degree requirements for non-thesis option


Distribution of credits


AES Core Requirements: 5 credits
Masters Research Project: 3 credits
Elective Coursework: 24 credits
Total credits: 32

A minimum of 16 credits of the 32 required must be taken at the 600 level or above.

Core requirements


Research or project requirements


Elective requirements


This program requires 24 credits of electives. At least 15 credits must have an AES prefix and course number at the 500-level or above.

Examinations


No final degree examination is required for the non-thesis option. Individual courses may hold final examinations as part of the course.

Additional requirements


In addition to these degree-specific requirements, the student must also meet the requirements and policies applied to all graduate degrees  by the Council of Graduate Education.

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