Atmospheric Science








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Atmospheric Sci PhD w/o Master, Ph.D.

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Atmospheric Sci PhD w/o Master, Ph.D.

Atmospheric Science MS, M.S.

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Atmospheric Science MS, M.S.

Atmospheric Science PhD, Ph.D.

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Atmospheric Science PhD, Ph.D.
School/College: College of Letters and Science

Department Links: Degrees Conferred:
  • M.S. in Atmospheric Science
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science
Overview
The UWM Atmospheric Science Program, housed within the Department of Mathematical Sciences, is a group of scholars who engage in a wide array of distinguished, societally-relevant research currently supported by over $3 million in external funding. Their specializations include climate variability, cloud physics and numerical modeling, atmospheric dynamics, mesoscale and synoptic meteorology, air pollution meteorology, and data analytics. The Atmospheric Science graduate programs are focused on student-led research under the direction of one or more faculty advisors.

Over its twenty-plus years of existence, the program has a history of innovation in both education and research, with the Innovative Weather program and first-of-its-kind “Air Pollution and Ancient Cultures” faculty-led study abroad course being two representative examples of innovative educational opportunities. Students graduating from the program, have a long history of acquiring gainful employment with top-tier public and private sector institutions in Wisconsin and beyond.

Graduate Faculty

Distinguished Professor
Roebber, Paul, Ph.D., McGill University

Professors
Kahl, Jonathan, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Kravtsov, Sergey, Ph.D., Florida State University
Larson, Vincent, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Swanson, Kyle, Ph.D., University of Chicago

Associate Professors
Evans, A. Clark, Ph.D., Florida State University

Non-Faculty

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Tsonis, Anastasios, Ph.D., McGill University

Master of Science in Atmospheric Science

Admission
An applicant must meet Graduate School requirements plus these departmental requirements to be considered for admission to the program:
  • A general background in both physics and mathematics, including calculus and ordinary differential equations. Students who lack this background may be admitted if the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses. Deficiencies must be made up within the first three enrolled semesters of graduate study.
Recommended
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations.

Credits and Courses
Students enrolled in the M.S. in Atmospheric Science degree program must complete a total of thirty (30) credits. Of these credits, twelve (12) must be uniquely earned at the Atm Sci 700-level or greater; six (6) must be earned in approved graduate elective courses; six (6) must be earned in either Math 601 and Math 602 or Atm Sci 500 and Atm Sci 950 (as “Topics in Statistical Analysis and Interpretation of Geophysical Data Sets: Part II”); and six (6) must be earned in Atm Sci 990.

Students receiving financial support from the Department of Mathematical Sciences must enroll in a minimum of fifteen (15) credits offered by the department during each academic year.

Courses in Atmospheric Science that may be taken for graduate credit are listed below.

All courses are for three credits unless otherwise denoted.
Atm Sci 330 Air Pollution Meteorology
Atm Sci 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics
Atm Sci 351 Dynamic Meteorology I
Atm Sci 352 Dynamic Meteorology II
Atm Sci 360 Synoptic Meteorology I (4 cr)
Atm Sci 361 Synoptic Meteorology II (4 cr)
Atm Sci 460 Mesoscale Circulations
Atm Sci 464 Cloud Physics
Atm Sci 470 Tropical Meteorology
Atm Sci 480 The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics
Atm Sci 497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled)
Atm Sci 500 Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Science
Atm Sci 505 Micrometeorology
Atm Sci 511 Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
Atm Sci 690 Seminar in Atmospheric Science
Atm Sci 705 Air Pollution Modeling
Atm Sci 711 Cloud Dynamics
Atm Sci 750 Nonlinear Time Series Analysis
Atm Sci 761 Advanced Synoptic/Mesoscale Meteorology
Atm Sci 950 Seminar on Topics in Atmospheric Science
Atm Sci 990 Master’s Thesis (1-8 cr)
Atm Sci 997 Doctoral Externship (1-12 cr)
Atm Sci 998 Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 cr)
Atm Sci 999 Advanced Independent Reading (1-4 cr)

Thesis
Prior to graduation, students, under the direction of a major professor and supervision of a three-member evaluation committee comprised of Atmospheric Science graduate faculty, must complete and orally defend an acceptable thesis. An acceptable thesis is defined as one representing an original contribution in the atmospheric science of sufficient caliber for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Time Limit
Entering full-time students without deficiencies are expected to complete all degree requirements within two years of first enrollment. All degree requirements must be completed within five years of first enrollment.

Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Science

Admission
Students seeking admission to the Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science degree program must meet all UWM Graduate School requirements. An earned Master of Science degree is not a prerequisite for admission; however, it is expected that most applicants will have an earned master of science degree in atmospheric science or a closely-related discipline.

Entering students without an earned master of science degree should have a general background in both physics and mathematics, including calculus and ordinary differential equations. Students who lack this background may be admitted if the deficiencies amount to no more than two courses, and deficiencies must be made up within three enrolled semesters of graduate study.

Recommended
Major Professor as Advisor
The student must have a major professor to advise and supervise the student’s studies as specified in Graduate School regulations.

Credits and Courses
Students enrolled in the Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science program must complete a total of fifty-four (54) graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree with at least twenty-seven (27) earned in residence at UWM. Students receiving financial support from the Department of Mathematical Sciences must enroll in a minimum of fifteen (15) credits offered by the department during each academic year. As part of their 54 credits, students admitted directly to the Ph.D. program without an earned Master of Science in Atmospheric Science must complete the following twenty-four (24) credits: twelve (12) at or above the Atm Sci 700-level, six (6) in approved graduate elective courses, and six (6) in either Math 601 and Math 602 or Atm Sci 500 and Atm Sci 950 (as “Topics in Statistical Analysis and Interpretation of Geophysical Data Sets: Part II”).

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program with an earned Master of Science in Atmospheric Science from UWM or elsewhere have fulfilled these requirements. In consultation with their major professor, students are expected to identify additional graduate courses that benefit their research or professional development. It is expected that most students will elect to supplement their formal Atmospheric Science coursework with formal coursework from other curricular areas. With the approval of the student’s major professor, any graduate-level course at UWM may fulfill degree requirements. Assuming an earned M.S. degree, a typical Ph.D. student’s curriculum will consist of twelve credits of formal graduate coursework, at least half of which will be completed at the 700-level or above; three credits of Atm Sci 999, Advanced Independent Reading; and nine to twelve credits of Atm Sci 998, Doctoral Dissertation.

Courses in Atmospheric Science that may be taken for graduate credit are listed below.

All courses are for three credits unless otherwise denoted.
Atm Sci 330 Air Pollution Meteorology
Atm Sci 350 Atmospheric Thermodynamics
Atm Sci 351 Dynamic Meteorology I
Atm Sci 352 Dynamic Meteorology II
Atm Sci 360 Synoptic Meteorology I (4 cr)
Atm Sci 361 Synoptic Meteorology II (4 cr)
Atm Sci 460 Mesoscale Circulations
Atm Sci 464 Cloud Physics
Atm Sci 470 Tropical Meteorology
Atm Sci 480 The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics
Atm Sci 497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled)
Atm Sci 500 Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Science
Atm Sci 505 Micrometeorology
Atm Sci 511 Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
Atm Sci 690 Seminar in Atmospheric Science
Atm Sci 705 Air Pollution Modeling
Atm Sci 711 Cloud Dynamics
Atm Sci 750 Nonlinear Time Series Analysis
Atm Sci 761 Advanced Synoptic/Mesoscale Meteorology
Atm Sci 950 Seminar on Topics in Atmospheric Science
Atm Sci 990 Master’s Thesis (1-8 cr)
Atm Sci 997 Doctoral Externship (1-12 cr)
Atm Sci 998 Doctoral Dissertation (1-12 cr)
Atm Sci 999 Advanced Independent Reading (1-4 cr)

Preliminary Examination
To qualify for dissertator status, students must successfully pass a preliminary examination in Atmospheric Science, focusing on three sub-disciplines of the field, and complete a dissertation proposal hearing. With approval of their major professor, students may elect to substitute an area of mathematics for one of the three Atmospheric Science sub-disciplines on the preliminary examination. The preliminary examination must be attempted prior to the start of the third year of study, and students who fail the examination are permitted one retake. The preliminary examination and dissertation proposal hearing must both be completed no later than the end of the fourth year of study.

Dissertation
To receive the degree, students, under the direction of a major professor and supervision of a five-member evaluation committee, must complete and successfully defend a dissertation representing an original contribution to the field of sufficient caliber for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. The evaluation committee is to be comprised of four Atmospheric Science graduate faculty members and one member external to the program.

Time Limit
Entering full-time students with an earned Master of Science degree are expected to complete all degree requirements within three to four years of first enrollment. Entering full-time students without an earned Master of Science degree are expected to complete all degree requirements within five to six years of first enrollment. All degree requirements must be completed within ten years of first enrollment, consistent with UWM’s campus-wide policy.

Schedule of Classes

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