Gain deep expertise in atmospheric sciences and lead the way in tackling the challenges
of understanding and predicting our atmosphere.
If you want to advance your education and talent to the highest level, a doctoral
degree in atmospheric sciences is an excellent choice. Whether you’re aiming for public
or private sector work, or considering a career in higher education, UND offers a
comprehensive curriculum for challenging times.
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Why earn a doctorate in atmospheric sciences?
Feb. 15* | Aug. 1
Aug. 15* | Dec. 1
The impact of global environmental changes makes qualified atmospheric scientists
who can address and solve these challenges extremely valuable in the public and private
This UND graduate program offers an advanced study in atmospheric sciences with opportunities
Be a part of significant research and discovery of new knowledge in the atmospheric
sciences that can impact the world.
Contribute to atmospheric studies conducted in a wide array of vital areas, such as
cloud and climate change, satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere, radar meteorology,
data assimilation, mesoscale modeling and more.
Prepare for a leadership role in advanced research, private industry or teaching in
a university setting.
Atmospheric Sciences Live Skycam
Students studying atmospheric sciences at UND have a wide variety of technology at
their fingertips. The latest includes a 24/7 skycam, which tracks weather above the
Atmospheric scientists with a high level understanding of the complexities of the
atmosphere, the ability to conduct exemplary research, and apply their knowledge to
meet the needs of society will continue to be in high demand. Graduates of this program
will be prepared to assume critical roles in leading research efforts, guiding science
policy, educating future scientists, and creating opportunities in industry.
UND graduates can expect exciting opportunities with several leadership roles:
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UND Atmospheric Sciences Alumni
Atmospheric Sciences alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:
A graduate level course in linear perturbation theory, atmospheric oscillations, hydrodynamic instability and the life cycle of extratropical cyclones. F.
ATSC 535. Measurement Systems. 3 Credits.
An advanced course in meteorological measurement systems, including coverage of performance characteristics of sensors, calibration standards, measuring devices, the effects of making measurements in the atmospheric environment, meteorological measurement systems, and digital data logging and processing.
ATSC 528. Atmospheric Data Analysis. 3 Credits.
Introduction to techniques used in the analysis of meteorological data and methods for interpreting their effects: polynomial fitting, method of successive corrections, statistical methods, variational techniques, model initialization, data assimilation, and filter design. Prerequisite: Proficiency in a programming language.
ATSC 520. Atmospheric Chemistry. 3 Credits.
Composition of clean and polluted air. Sources and sinks of atmospheric gases and aerosols. The role of atmospheric chemistry in global environmental issues such as acid rain, visibility reduction, climatic change, oxidant enhancement, etc.
Addresses advanced topics in satellite meteorology. Includes advanced topics in radiation, scattering by molecules and particles, and retrieval theory and methods for meteorological applications using passive and active satellite remote sensing. Prerequisites: ATSC 552 and ATSC 525. F, even years.
ATSC 565. Air Quality. 3 Credits.
An in-depth introduction to important areas within the air quality field. Topics covered include the physical and chemical nature of air pollutants; their sources, control, and transport through the atmosphere; their interaction with other atmospheric constituents; their removal through cloud processes, fallout and wet deposition; their effects on visibility, human health, ecosystems, and global climate. Methods related to the measurements of atmospheric pollutants, air quality modeling, and air quality forecasting are discussed. Prerequisites: CHEM 121 or equivalent, and PHYS 251 or equivalent.
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