Combined Atmospheric Sciences Degree Requirements
Earn a combined bachelor's and master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences in five years.
Atmospheric Science Bachelor's Requirements
Requires 120 credits (36 of which must be number 300 or above) including:
I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).
II. Center for Aerospace Sciences requirements.
III. The Following Curriculum:
|ATSC 100||Atmospheric Sciences Orientation||1|
|ATSC 110||Meteorology I +||3|
|ATSC 110L||Meteorology I Laboratory +||1|
|ENGL 110||College Composition I||3|
|MATH 165||Calculus I||4|
|MATH 166||Calculus II||4|
|CSCI 160||Computer Science I||4|
|ENGL 130||Composition II: Writing for Public Audiences||3|
|ATSC 210||Introduction to Synoptic Meteorology +||4|
|MATH 265||Calculus III||4|
|PHYS 251||University Physics I||4|
|ATSC 240||Meteorological Instrumentation +||4|
|ATSC 270||Computer Concepts in Meteorology +||3|
|PHYS 252||University Physics II||4|
|CHEM 121||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 121L||General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|ATSC 345||Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere +||3|
|ATSC 350||Atmospheric Thermodynamics +||3|
|MATH 266||Elementary Differential Equations||3|
|Career Electives *#||3|
|MATH 321 |
or ECON 210
|Applied Statistical Methods |
or Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
|ATSC 353||Physical Meteorology +||3|
|ATSC 360||Dynamic Meteorology +||4|
|ATSC 405||Numerical Methods in Meteorology +||3|
|ATSC 411||Synoptic Meteorology +||4|
|ATSC 492||Senior Project I +||1|
|ATSC 460||Mesoscale Dynamics +||4|
|ATSC 493||Senior Project II +||2|
|Career Electives *#||5|
Career Electives are courses that students take to gain additional knowledge and skills that would allow them to develop their chosen career interest. A total of 12 credit hours are required from an approved list of Career Electives.
A maximum combined limit of 6 credit hours of ATSC 397 Cooperative Education, and ATSC 497 Internship, may be used as Career Electives.
Grade of 'C' or higher required.
Atmospheric Science Master's Requirements
- A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university. For U.S. degrees, accreditation must be by one of the six regional accrediting associations.
- Completion of a minimum of 20 semester credits of appropriate undergraduate work, e.g., physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, and/or atmospheric science.
- A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.00 for the last two years.
- For international applicants only: Scores on the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as listed in the graduate catalog.
Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis and those with limited backgrounds in the aforementioned areas (physics, mathematics, chemistry, and atmospheric science) but with a distinguished record in other disciplines may be accepted on a qualified basis with the understanding that deficiencies would be remedied early in the program.
Students seeking the Master of Science degree through the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general degree requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the Department of Atmospheric Sciences.
The Master of Science program requires that students complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. Approval of the thesis option will be granted based upon alignment of research interests with departmental faculty’s research interests and faculty availability. The non-thesis option requires the student to independently investigate a topic related to the major field and successfully complete a written comprehensive examination. This study need not be an original contribution to knowledge, but may be a presentation, analysis, and discussion of ideas already in the literature of the field. This non-thesis requirement ensures that students can investigate a topic and organize a scholarly report.
Required Courses: All students are required to complete at least one course from each of the core areas listed below in addition to completing ATSC 500 Introduction to Atmospheric Research. Non-thesis option students must also complete two credits of ATSC 997 Independent Study Report (Non-Thesis Option), and thesis option students must also complete 4-9 credits of ATSC 998 Thesis. A minimum of 21 credits must be from classroom courses (ATSC 575 or lower) for the thesis option and a minimum of 24 credits for the non-thesis option.
|Introduction to Atmospheric Research|
|Select one of the following (Dynamics):|
|Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics|
|Advanced Synoptic Meteorology|
|Advanced Mesoscale Dynamics|
|Select one of the following (Physical):|
|Introduction to Cloud Physics Meteorology **|
|Cloud Microphysics Parameterization Simulation|
|Boundary Layer Meteorology|
|Select one of the following (Climate Systems):|
|Advanced Earth System Sciences|
|Earth Systems Processes and Vulnerability Analysis|
|Select one of the following (Tools):|
|Radar Meteorology **|
|Atmospheric Data Analysis|
|Numerical Weather Prediction|
|Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Science|
|Advanced Satellite Meteorology|
|Select one of the following (Thesis or Independent Study):|
|Independent Study Report (Non-Thesis Option)|
Courses taken at the undergraduate level cannot be repeated for graduate credit.
Combined Degree Program B.S./M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences
The Atmospheric Sciences program offers a combined B.S./M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences program. The intent of the combined program is to allow qualified students to complete the requirements for both degrees in one year beyond that required to receive the Baccalaureate degree. Students may be accepted into this program upon completion of 90 credits toward the Bachelor’s degree and must apply prior to their fourth year of academic work. All requirements for both degrees must be met, and up to eight credits of prior-approved coursework may be double-counted toward each of the two degrees. Double-counted credits may not include required courses for the B.S. degree, but may include appropriate elective coursework.
Admission requirements for the M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, with the following additional criteria:
1. 3.0 GPA overall.
2. Completion of 90 credit hours prior to year four, including a course in dynamic meteorology.
Degree requirements for the M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences, with the following additional criteria:
1. Up to 8 credits of graduate-level coursework can be double counted for the B.S. and M.S. degrees. These credits can only be taken after admission to the graduate program.
2. The B.S. and M.S. degrees will be awarded sequentially upon completion of the degree requirements.
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