The purpose of the graduate atmospheric sciences program is to produce graduate scholars in the atmospheric sciences. The program is open to students in the agricultural, biological, earth, ecological, engineering, mathematical, or physical sciences as well as environmental health.

The graduate certificate program gives graduate students the opportunity for in-depth study and research in the atmospheric sciences. Additionally, the program allows graduate students to document their educational achievement and experiences in the atmospheric sciences beyond their graduate major.

Any graduate student pursuing a M.S. or Ph.D. degree with a major housed in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, School of Forestry and Natural Resources, or College of Public Health with the approval of their major professor may be admitted into the graduate Certificate in Atmospheric Sciences Program.

The student should submit a formal graduate Certificate in Atmospheric Sciences application, copies of all relevant transcripts, and proposed course of study for the certificate and for their degree to the graduate atmospheric sciences program director. See the atmospheric sciences web page for additional application information.

The specific educational objectives are for the student to develop

  • a deeper understanding of the atmosphere with an in-depth knowledge of the atmosphere from the perspective of the student’s major,
  • the ability to synthesize and integrate new knowledge about the atmosphere,
  • the ability for creative problem defining and solving, and
  • the ability and confidence to conduct independent research.

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate in atmospheric sciences requires 18 semester hours of graduate level coursework.

Fifteen hours must be in atmospheric sciences or related coursework and three semesters hours in advanced quantitative methods selected from the following courses in consultation with the student’s graduate committee and the graduate certificate coordinator.

The program of study must contain at least one climatology course selected from ATSC(GEOG) 6150, ATSC(GEOG) 6160, ENGR(ATSC)(GEOG) 6161-6161L, GEOG 8120, GEOG 8130, MATH(MARS) 6730, or MARS 8050.  Courses followed by an asterisk are required if a similar course has not been completed at the undergraduate level.

  • ENGR(ATSC) 6111: Atmospheric Thermodynamics*
  • ATSC(GEOG((ENGR) 6112: Atmospheric Dynamics*
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6120: Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology*
  • ATSC(ENGR)(PHYS) 6131: Introductory Atmospheric Physics*
  • ATSC 6114: Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • ATSC 6116-6116L: Introduction to Data Assimilation
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6121: Weather Forecasting Seminar
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6140: Satellite Meteorology and Climatology
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6150: Physical Climatology
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6155: Hydrometeorology
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6160: Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment
  • ATSC(GEOG) 6170-6170L: Mesoscale and Radar Meteorology/Climatology
  • CVLE 8130: Mechanics of Jets and Plumes
  • CVLE 8140: Transport and Mixing in Natural Flows
  • CVLE(MCHE) 8160: Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ENGR(ATSC)(GEOG) 6161-6161L: Environmental Microclimatology
  • ENGR(MARS) 6175: Coastal Meteorology
  • ENVE 6480: Instrumentation for Environmental Quality
  • ENVE 8450: Designing for Rapid Change: Food, Energy, Water, and Climate
  • GEOG 8120: Seminar in Climatology (up to 9 hours)
  • MATH(MARS) 6730: Mathematics of Climate
  • MARS 8030: General Physical Oceanography
  • MARS 8050: Climate, Oceans, and the Marine Biosphere
  • MARS 8120: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • MARS 8150: Ocean Waves
  • MCHE 6400: Air Pollution Engineering
  • MCHE 8650: Aerosol Science and Engineering

Three semester hours in quantitative methods

  • ENGR 8103: Computational Engineering: Fundamentals, Elliptic, and Parabolic Differential Equations
  • ENGR(INFO) 8110: Informatics in Engineering and Environmental Sciences
  • ENGR 8120: Bayesian Methods in Engineering and Environmental Sciences
  • GEOG 6300 Introductory Spatial Analysis
  • GEOG 6370-6370L: Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 6470-6470L: Geospatial Analysis
  • GEOG 6570-6570L: Advanced Geographic Information Science
  • GEOG 8300: Multivariate Techniques in Geography
  • STAT 6230: Applied Regression Analysis
  • STAT 6280: Applied Time Series Analysis
  • STAT 6315: Statistical Methods for Researchers
  • STAT 6420: Applied Linear Models
  • STAT 8040: Environmental Statistics

Degree Awarded: CERT

School/College: College of Engineering

2107 Driftmier Engineering Center
Athens, GA 30602-7501

Academic Department: Graduate Certificate Program in Atmospheric Sciences

Driftmier Engineering Center
Athens, GA 30602

Graduate Coordinator: David Emory Stooksbury

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