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Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Professional Science Master in Environmental Studies - Atmospheric Science Option

Candidates for the program should have a baccalaureate degree in sciences, mathematics, or engineering from an accredited program an generally a 3.0 GPA or higher. Students entering the program should have at a minimum a year of college Physics, a year of college Chemistry, and Calculus I & II. Candidates who do not meet all of these requirements may be admitted with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator. Such students may make up course prerequisite deficiencies while in the program, although these credits will not count toward the total required for the master's degree.

ARAdmissions Requirements

General requirements for all applicants are a completed application packet supplied by the Graduate Admissions Office which includes:

  • Graduate Admissions Application form
  • A Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation pertaining to academic ability and/or professional performance
  • Official score report for the Graduate Record Exam, with a satisfactory level score
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Application Fee
  • International applicants must also submit an official TOEFL score.

Applications may be downloaded or submitted electronically from the Graduate Admissions website.

Applications for the Professional Science Masters (PSM) in Environmental Studies, Atmospheric Science Option are accepted year round, but it is recommended that completed applications be submitted several months before expected matriculation.

PSM students will take one course from Policy/Economics, three courses from the STEM Science Core and three course from the STEM Science Electives fro a total of 21 credits. Additionally, Students will take a minimum of nine credits in business/communications, an additional three credits from STEM or business/communications, and a one credit internship experience with reflective seminar. The program requires a minimum of 34 credits.

Most of the courses will be offered in the evening, usually from 6 to 9 PM, once per week. This enables working students to complete the course requirements while the student is employed. A maximum of 5 years is allowed for completion of the Professional Science Master's degree.


Area I. Policy/Economics (Elect 1): 3 Credits

  • ENVE.5270 or PUBH.5500 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
  • ECON.6150Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3 credits)
  • ENVI.5200 Methods in Environmental Impact Assessment and Analysis (3 credits)

Area II. Stem Courses

Core Courses: 9 Credits

  • ATMO.5010 Boundary Layer Meteorology (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5080 The Climate System (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5100 Regional Weather and Climate Modeling (3 credits)

Elective Courses (Elect 3 from IIA or IIB): 9 Credits

IIA. Atmospheric Science

  • ATMO.5020 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5030 Remote Sensing (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5110 Solar Terrestrial Relations (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5150 Atmospheric Structure Dynamics (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5160 Mesoscale Atmospheric Dynamics (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5240 Simple Atmospheric (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5290 Advanced Forecasting (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5400 Tropical Meteorology (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5500 Satellite & Radar Meteorology (3 credits)
  • ATMO.7330 Master's Research in Atmospheric Science (1 - 6 credits)
  • GEOL.5010 Paleoclimatology (3 credits)

IIB. Energy and Environment

  • ATMO.5230 Air Pollution Control (3 credits)
  • ATMO.5710 Air Pollution (3 credits)
  • ATMO.6740 Air Quality Modeling (3 credits)
  • ENVI.5720 Energy and Environment (3 credits)
  • PUBH.6191 Measurement of Chemical Exposures (3 credits)
  • MECH.5210 Solar Fundamentals (3 credits)
  • MECH.5810 Advanced Fluid Mechanics ( 3 credits)
  • RADI.5240 Environmental Health Physics (3 credits)

Area III. Plus courses - business, communication, policy - selected with advice and approval of the student's advisEr.

  • Ethics course equivalent to IB520 with appropriate generic science / industry focus (1 credit)
  • PSM.5350 Project Management for Science Professionals (3 credits)
  • PSM.5450 Professional and Scientific Communication (3 credits)
  • PSM.5550 Leadership for Scientists (3 credits)
  • PSM.5650 Technical Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • PSM.5750 Business Fundamentals for Scientists and Engineers (3 credits)
  • ACCT.5010 Financial Accounting (2 credits)
  • MKTG.5010 Marketing Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • POMS.5010 Operations Fundamentals (2 credits)
  • MGMT.5010 Organizational Behavior (2 credits)
  • ENTR.6500 Innovation and Emerging Technology (3 credits)
  • MKTG.6300 Market Research for Entrepreneurs (3 credits)
  • FINA.6400 Financing Innovation & Tech. Ventures (3 credits)
  • MGMT.6300 New Product Development (3 credits)

Additional STEM and/or PLUS Course. Choose from Area I, II, or III 3 Credits

Required PSM Internship/Project Sequence

  • PSM.5000 Professional Science Master;'s (PSM) Internship
  • PSM.5100 PSM Internship/Project
  • PSM.5010 PSM Reflective Seminar (1 credit)

Total Credits: 34 or more credits

Other appropriate graduate level courses within or outside the department may be substituted for the above with the approval of the student's adviser an the Graduate Coordinator of designee.