Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Master of Science (M.S.)

Non-thesis only (scholarly paper required): 30 credits

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
AOSC610Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean I3
AOSC611Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Oceans II3
AOSC620Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere I3
AOSC621Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere II3
AOSC680Introduction to Earth System Science3
AOSC617Atmospheric and Oceanic Climate3
Total Credits30

M.S. students are also required to attend the weekly department seminar series. 

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department offers a non-thesis program leading to the Master of Science Degree. The requirements include course work, a scholarly paper and presentation, and a comprehensive examination. This program provides fundamental training to prepare students for research and operational work in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences.

Each new student will be assigned to a faculty advisor whose interests parallel those of the student. The faculty advisor will assist in the development of the student's course program and will follow the student's progress thereafter. The student may select an alternate advisor at any time, although financial support is dependent upon the availability of funds.

The student must submit an M.S. degree course plan and a tentative schedule for completion by the end of the first nine credit hours. A minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework is required for the degree program. This must include 24 hours of 600-level AOSC courses, including core courses listed below. The remaining 6 semester-hours can come from additional 600-level courses, 3 of these credits can come from AOSC798. The purpose of the scholarly paper is to demonstrate the ability to conduct original or literature research. The paper will become part of the permanent archive of the Department. A Ph.D. dissertation prospectus will satisfy this requirement.

The Comprehensive Examination for MS seeking students consists of a written examination. The written portion is composed of questions covering the subject areas of the following Core courses: AOSC610, AOSC620, and AOSC617. Students will also be expected to complete AOSC611, AOSC621, and AOSC680 with a minimum grade of 3.0 (or to demonstrate mastery of this material). AOSC611 can be replaced by AOSC600 for those students with a specialization in Chemistry who get approval from their advisor, the AOSC Graduate Director, and Department Chair.

All requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within a five-year period. This time limit applies to any transfer work from other institutions to be included in the student's program. A full-time student can easily complete the M.S. degree in two years.