Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Scope and Objectives

The atmospheric and oceanic sciences present a wide variety of problems of compelling scientific interest and increasing social concern. This is exemplified by efforts to improve air quality, depredations caused by severe storms and floods, attempts to control or modify weather phenomena, problems of long-range weather forecasts, climate change, and predictions, and expanding scientific frontiers into our outer atmosphere and atmospheres of other planets.

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences offers a broad curriculum in dynamic and synoptic meteorology, atmospheric physics and chemistry, and upper atmosphere and space physics.

The Bachelor of Science degree qualifies students for entry-level technical positions or represents valuable background for training in other professions. Master of Science and PhD degree holders work in universities, research centers, laboratories, and government services and, increasingly, in the rapidly burgeoning private sector.