Atmospheric Science is the study of weather and climate. The atmosphere is a key component of the environment and affects many human activities ranging from daily weather prediction to the understanding of climate and human health. This program provides graduate students with the advanced training to address a host of meteorological and climate related issues facing humans today.
Admission to Graduate Studies
An applicant seeking to pursue graduate study in the College may be admitted as either a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student. Policies and procedures of Graduate Studies govern the process of Graduate admission. These may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
Please consult the Departments & Programs section of the online catalog for information regarding program-specific admissions criteria and requirements. Special admissions requirements pertain to Interdisciplinary Studies degrees, which may be found in the Graduate Studies section of the online catalog.
Entering students are expected to have a M.S. degree in atmospheric science or in another physical science, mathematics or engineering. Entering students will be expected to have studied mathematics, including vector calculus and ordinary differential equations. They should also have taken the equivalent of at least 2 semesters of calculus-based physics and one of chemistry. Graduate Record Examination scores are required of all applicants. Applicants should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission on a probationary or provisional status.
Upon a student's admission to the department, the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) will appoint an advisor. Early in the first semester (preferably in the first week of classes), the student should meet with this advisor to outline a tentative program of coursework for the degree. Such programs should be solidified by the time of enrollment for the second semester and submitted to the GSC for approval. The student and advisor then continue to discuss and update programs each semester, bearing in mind that any substantive changes must be approved by the GSC.
|Core Courses (17)|
|ATMO 710||Atmospheric Dynamics||3|
|ATMO 720||Atmospheric Modeling||3|
|GEOG 716||Advanced Geostatistics||3|
|Two-day (non-credit) orientation before classes begin in the fall semester|
|GEOG 980||Seminar in Geography: _____ (Colloquium for 1 credit hour during each of the first 2 semesters of residence at KU.)||2|
|500 level and above courses in mathematics, engineering, or other research skill courses approved by student's committee||6|
|Electives are selected with approval of the committee and are tailored to fit the needs of the individual student (e.g. oriented to a subfield in meteorology, climatology, or other specializations) Sample courses include:|
|Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Science: _____|
|Applied Partial Differential Equations|
|Numerical Analysis I|
|Intermediate Geographical Information Systems|
|Geographic Information Science|
|Energy Problems and the Economic-Physical Environment|
|Introduction to Biostatistics|
|Intermediate Fluid Mechanics|
|Dissertation Research (30)||30|
Comprehensive Examination Process
All candidates must pass a comprehensive written examination. Program sheets are available in the department office and must be filed before the oral examination can be scheduled. The student will have a thesis committee consisting of at least 5 faculty members. At least 4 of these faculty must regularly teach in the atmospheric sciences program. One of the faculty members on the committee must be from outside the Geography department.
The Research Skill and Responsible Scholarship (RSRS) requirement will be met by 6 credits at the 500 level or above in mathematics and/or engineering. Alternatively, 6 credits at the 500 level or above in a related discipline which are approved by the student’s graduate committee may also be used for the RSS requirement. The courses for the RSRS requirement must be taken during the PhD program. Students must participate in the existing Geography Department ethical scholarship program.
The student must submit a dissertation approved by his/her graduate committee. All candidates must pass a final oral examination and must submit an approved dissertation to UMI. The dissertation will be defended in a public presentation.