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Atmospheric Science|College of Engineering and Applied Science

Program of Study

For the PhD, the core course requirement is the same as that for the M.S. degree which is shown below. In addition to the 29 hours of core courses, an additional 13 hours of graduate level electives for a total of 42 hours of formal coursework must be completed. The remaining 30 hours necessary to meet the requirement of 72 hours for the PhD degree may include additional formal course credits or 5980 Dissertation Research.

Candidates for the PhD degree also are required to demonstrate satisfactory progress and proficiency in the general areas of atmospheric science to their Graduate Committee during a rigorous qualifying assessment (the Qualifying Exam) to be conducted no later than the end of the third semester of their program.

For the MS, a minimum of four (4) hours of ATSC5960 Thesis Research is required to be part of the Program of Study in addition to the formal coursework to complete the Degree.

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
I (Fall) ATSC 5880 Ethics and Research Methods 1
ATSC 5001 Atmos. Energetics 2
ATSC 5002 Atmos. Radiation 3
ATSC 5003 Probs in Energetics and Radiation 1
ATSC 5100 Dynamics 3
ATSC 5004 Probs in Dynamics 1
II (Spring) ATSC 5005 Microphysics 2
ATSC 5006 Probs. in Microphysics 1
ATSC 5020 Phys. Meteor lab 1
ATSC 5160 Synoptic Meteorology 2
ATSC 5007 Probs in Synoptic Meteor 1
UW elective To be determined 3
III (Fall) ATSC 5210 Cloud and Precipitation Systems 3
ATSC 5008 Mesoscale Meteorology 2
ATSC 5960 or 5980 Thesis or dissertation research Varies
IV (Spring) ATSC elective To be determined 3
ATSC 5960 Thesis or dissertation research Varies

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