Student in lab studying atmospheric sciences

If we assume that the last breath of, say, Julius Caesar has by now become thoroughly scattered through the atmosphere, then the chances are that each of us inhales one molecule of it with every breath we take. James Hopwood Jeans

Atmospheric Sciences—PhD

Fast Facts

  • Research is sponsored by organizations like the National Science Foundation, NASA, U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Michigan Tech  founded and helps operate an atmospheric observatory in the Azores. The PICO-NARE research station gathers data on pollution drifting across the ocean from North America
  • Research Emphasis Areas include: Volcano/Atmosphere Interactions, Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Physics, Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions

Learn more about the Atmospheric Sciences program.

Graduate Programs in Atmospheric Sciences

Michigan Tech's PhD in Atmospheric Sciences stresses the field's interdisciplinary nature and societal relevance.

Students in Atmospheric Sciences take a series of three core courses in atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, and atmospheric fluid dynamics. Students gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of atmospheric processes and properties, which prepares them to contribute to and grow with the field.

A wide variety of research activities are pursued, ranging from field measurements to computer modeling, from studies of air pollution transport and chemistry to studies of the fundamental processes governing cloud formation, and from studies of climate impacts on air pollution to studies of air pollution impacts on forests.

Learn more about the Atmospheric Sciences program.

PhD Requirements

To complete a doctoral degree, students must complete the following milestones:

  • Complete all course work and research credits (see credit requirements below)
  • Pass Qualifying Examination
  • Pass Research Proposal Examination
  • Prepare and Submit Approved Dissertation
  • Pass Final Oral Defense

The minimum credit requirements are as follows:

Total Credit Requirements  
MS–PhD (minimum) 30 credits
BS–PhD (minimum) 60 credits


Individual programs may have higher standards and students are expected to know their program's requirements. See the Doctor of Philosophy Requirements website for more information about PhD milestones and related timelines.