Atmospheric Science includes the physics of climate variability and climate change, changes in stratospheric ozone, coupling of atmospheric chemistry and climate, changes in the oxidation capacity of the troposphere, smog, and the impacts of atmosphere-biosphere exchange on atmospheric composition. Exploring the fundamental natural processes controlling atmospheric composition, circulation dynamics, and climate, and understanding how these processes have changed in the past and may change in the future, are among the greatest intellectual and technological challenges of our time. The Atmospheric Science track will provide you with a strong foundation in the physical sciences as well as an outstanding introduction to atmospheric dynamics and evolution, its chemistry and biogeochemistry. You will gain a rigorous, quantitative, and predictive (in addition to descriptive) knowledge of the earth system with an emphasis on atmospheric processes. Along with laboratory courses, we encourage you to pursue undergraduate research within the department.
Given the societal and political importance of air quality, ozone, and climate change issues, as well as other global environmental issues in which the atmosphere plays a pivotal role, it is imperative that people well-versed and trained in quantitative atmospheric science be a part of the process of implementing sound, science-based policy. This track will prepare you for advanced scientific research as a graduate student, or for technical positions at agencies like NASA, NOAA, EPA, or DOE. Whether you decide to further scientific knowledge in government and academic laboratories, or participate in the legal and political realms, or development and implement of new technologies, this track will give you a firm footing.
If you want to take a course for your major that is not listed under the major requirements, please follow the process below for a course substitution:
1) Approval from the faculty advisor, Prof. Romps from the Course Approval Form or an email approval
3) The undergraduate major advisor will process your course substitution in your Academic Progress Report (APR)
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