About the Graduate Program
The Department of Atmospheric Science is rather small but is recognized world-wide for its mostly observational work in atmospheric physics. We offer programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The degree progams incorporate both coursework and research activity components. Students take core courses as well as elective courses chosen both from those offered in our graduate curriculum and by other departments. Each student's overall coursework program is individually tailored to his/her specific needs and interests.
Our graduate students actively participate in one of the many ongoing research projects, thereby usually receiving a research stipend. These projects offer a variety of exciting research opportunities, including participation in field experiments in the polar regions, and in those using the Wyoming King Air research aircraft in various locations domestically and abroad. Laboratory studies, analyses of weather events, and numerical simulations of atmospheric phenomena are also conducted. This research work subsequently forms the basis of the student's dissertation or thesis, as required for graduation. Basic requirements of the programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are given in the Graduate Bulletin and the Graduate Student Resources page.