From the history of life on Earth to the dynamics of the ocean; from the geology of the solid earth to motion in the atmosphere; from remote sensing of our planet to the mitigation of natural hazardswe offer a broad and exciting range of courses in earth and atmospheric sciences. Explore our AY 2022-23 classes.

Learning Outcomes

Atmospheric science is the study of the atmosphere and the processes that shape weather and climate. The curriculum emphasizes the scientific study of the behavior of weather and climate, and applications to the important practical problems of weather forecasting and climate prediction. Students develop a fundamental understanding of atmospheric processes and acquire skill and experience in the analysis, interpretation, and forecasting of meteorological events. All students are required to complete a minimum of four semesters of calculus, two semesters of calculus-based physics, and a semester each of chemistry, computer science, and statistics.

Atmospheric Science students learn to:

  1. Function successfully in laboratory and field settings
  2. Apply the scientific method using real-world data
  3. Develop, apply, integrate and generate knowledge to analyze and solve problems in Atmospheric Science
  4. Collect, organize, analyze and interpret quantitative information meaningfully, using mathematical and/or statistical tools and computer applications
  5. Conduct literature reviews to obtain information
  6. Synthesize a cogent argument in language appropriate to the field of study