Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Planetary Science

Atmospheric Science

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.

Atmospheric Science Major Requirements

Earth and Planetary Science Majors: Course Offerings Schedule


For more information about specific course and unit requirements please refer to the EPS majors page or Prof. David Romps, faculty advisor, at, 377 McCone. For EPS undergraduate student services inquiries, please email