Graduate Certificate in Environmental Atmospheric Science

This certificate is designed for students who have an interest in the environmental aspects of the Atmospheric Sciences. The intended audience is practitioners in the environmental field who want to broaden their expertise. The target audience would encompass individuals with engineering or science degrees. There are two suggested concentrations (see below) one addressing the needs of individuals interested in air quality the other energy.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Atmospheric Science at UMass Lowell with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may waive the GRE requirement if applying to the MS Environmental Studies-Atmospheric Science (option) program.

 Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree in science, engineering or similar area from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. This requirement may be waived if the applicant has significant professional experience or submits other evidence supporting the likelihood of academic success.
  • Graduate Certificate Application Form.
  • Application Fee.
  • Official transcript from te baccalaureate institution.
  • Citizens of non-English speaking countries who have never earned an academic degree in the United States must submit TOEFL scores.

 Certificate Pathway:

Four courses (minimum of 12 credits) are required for an Environmental Atmospheric Science Certificate. Required course from Area I and three courses from Area II.


Area I. Foundation Course (3 cr)

  • ATMO.5010 Boundary Layer Meteorology (3 cr)

Area II. Environmental and Energy Courses (Elect 3) (9 cr)

  • ATMO.5080 The Climate System (3 cr)
  • ATMO.5100 Regional Climate and Weather Modeling (3 cr)
  • ATMO.5230 Air Pollution Control (3 cr)
  • ATMO.5710 Air Pollution
  • ATMO.6740 Air Quality Modeling (3 cr)
  • ENVI.5720 Energy and Environment (3 cr)
  • PUBH.6190 Measurement of Chemical Exposures (3 cr)
  • MECH.5210 Solar Fundamentals (3 cr)
  • MECH.5810 Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3 cr)

Total Credits (12 credits)

Air Quality suggested courses:

  • ATMO.5010 (required) and three of the following:
  • ATMO.5100
  • ATMO.5230
  • ATMO.5710
  • ATMO.6740
  • PUBH.6190

Energy suggested courses:

  • ATMO.5010 (required) and three of the following:
  • ATMO.5080
  • ATMO.5100
  • ENVI.5720
  • MECH.5210
  • MECH.5810

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Completion rates, median loan debts and programs costs are outlined in the Graduate Certificate Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.