Program Courses

The Atmospheric Sciences Program offers several courses, including the three core courses covering fundamentals of atmospheric sciences, a research discussion course, a special topics course offered on demand, several electives courses, and doctoral research credits.

The two electives courses can include those from the program electives list below, or from other courses approved by the doctoral Advisory Committee.

Core Courses

ATM 5100 - Atmospheric Sciences Research Discussion

A weekly discussion of recent literature in the atmospheric sciences. Often coordinated with atmosphere-related seminars in the Remote Sensing seminar series.
Credits: 1.0; May be repeated
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): ATM 5515(C) or ATM 5640(C) or ATM 5680(C) or ENVE 5515 or PH 5640 or PH 5680 or CEE 5515

ATM 5515 - Atmospheric Chemistry

Study of the photochemical processes governing the composition of the troposphere and stratosphere, with application to air pollution and climate change. Covers radical chain reaction cycles, heterogeneous chemistry, atmospheric radiative transfer and measurement techniques for atmospheric gases.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): CH 3510 or CH 3520 or ENVE 4504 or CEE 4504

ATM 5640 - Atmospheric Physics

Essential elements of atmospheric physics, including thermodynamics (e.g. adiabatic processes, phase transformations, stratification), aerosol and cloud physics (e.g. nucleation, Kohler theory, growth by condensation and collection), and radiative transfer (e.g. Beer's law, transfer equations with and without scattering).
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2008-2009 academic year
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate
Pre-Requisite(s): MA 3530 and PH 2300

ATM 5680 - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Fundamentals forces and conservation laws that govern fluid flow; applications to the atmosphere and ocean, including balanced flow (pressure gradient and Coriolis Force), vorticity dynamics, turbulence, waves, and boundary layers.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2017-2018 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
Pre-Requisite(s): MA 3530 and PH 2300

Program Electives

ATM 4640 - Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

Fundamental principles of atmospheric science, including thermodynamics, aerosol and cloud physics, radiative transfer, and atmospheric dynamics.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year
Pre-Requisite(s): (PH 2200 or PH 2260) and (PH 1360 or PH 2300) and MA 3160 and (MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA 3530 or MA 3560)

ATM 5010 - Research Methods in Atmospheric Science

A study of measurement techniques used in atmospheric research including instruments used in the lab and field and an introduction to computational methods of analyzing and displaying atmospheric data using programming languages such as IDL.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-1)
Semesters Offered: Spring

ATM 5200 - Special Topics in Atmospheric Sciences

Advanced study of topics in the atmospheric sciences. The subject matter may vary from term to term depending on the needs and interests of students.
Credits: variable to 3.0; Repeatable to a Max of 9
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

ATM 5512 - Applied Boundary Layer Meteorology

Study of how forcing phenomena affect transport of water and chemicals in the atmospheric boundary layer and how this transport is measured in the field, including relevant aspects of fluid dynamics, boundary layer structure, surface energy balance, and flux measurement.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

ATM 5516 - Aerosol and Cloud Chemistry

This course is focused on the chemistry of atmospheric aerosols and cloud processes. Students will learn about methods for chemical characterization, the chemical composition of aerosol and the chemical reactions pertinent to secondary aerosol and cloud composition.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
Pre-Requisite(s): ATM 5515(C)

ATM 5519 - Atmospheric Biogeochemistry

Study of the relationship between atmospheric composition, global change, and the circulation of major elements through the Earth system. Responses of ecosystem emissions to changes in landuse, biodiversity, nutrient supply, plant stressors, and climate change are discussed.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
Pre-Requisite(s): CH 1150

GE 4250 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

This course focuses on the basic physics behind above- surface remote sensing and remote sensing systems. Topics covered include: properties of the atmosphere, absorption and scattering of electromagnetic radiation, instrument design, data acquisition and processing, validation, and basic applications.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-1-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): PH 2200 and MA 2160

PH 5320 - Mathematical Physics

Partial differential equations of physics, separation of variables, boundary value problems, Sturm-Liouville theory, Legendre and Bessel functions, inhomogeneous partial differential equations, Green's functions. Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms, complex variables, evaluation of integrals by contour integration, linear algebra, matrix methods with emphasis on numerical applications.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate