Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science
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Undergraduate Program in Meteorology
Department of Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College)

The graduate program in atmospheric science offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

Atmospheric science is a relatively broad discipline that involves the diagnosis and prediction of atmospheric processes, including climate change, atmospheric radiation, large-scale weather systems, severe storms, and air-sea interactions.

The program faculty conducts research on each of these topics, with a particular focus on developing an integrated understanding of climate dynamics, including climate processes from global to regional scales and climate-chemistry-aerosol interactions. Basic and applied research problems are addressed through observation, modeling, and applications. The Program Learning Goals may be found here.

The program is associated with the Center for Environmental Prediction, which facilitates interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach in environmental modeling and includes faculty from the departments of environmental science, geography, geological sciences, and marine science. The program is also associated with the Office of the New Jersey State Climatologist, which collects and archives climate data, conducts research pertaining to New Jersey climate, and provides climate education and information to the citizens of New Jersey.  We actively collaborate with two neighboring climate research facilities, the NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, 15 miles away in Princeton, New Jersey, and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Physics, in New York City.  In addition, make use of the extensive computational, observational, and scientific resources of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado.

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Our faculty conduct state-of-the-art research creating new knowledge in weather and climate.  Our graduate program has been ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as 5th in the nation in scholarly productivity.  In addition, eight members of the Rutgers faculty participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December, 2007.  We also operate the Undergraduate Program in Meteorology.

Office, classroom, and laboratory facilities are located in the Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Building on the Cook College campus.  We operate a state-of-the-art weather station in the nearby Rutgers Gardens.  Click here for the latest weather observations.

The Rutgers Graduate Atmospheric Science Program is offered on the Cook College campus and is administered in the Department of Environmental SciencesThe Cook Campus was recently described in a Daily Targum article as a pastoral paradise.

A combination of several factors makes the study of Atmospheric Science at Rutgers unique and highly rewarding:

  • Modern, updated computing facilities, including a dedicated instructional computing lab
  • Moderate class sizes allowing strong student-faculty interaction
  • Personal atmosphere of a small college (about 3500 students) but the availability of all the resources of a major research university.  Click here for Cook campus tours.
  • All Rutgers students can take courses at Princeton University and receive Rutgers credit seamlessly.

Specific questions may be directed to the Atmospheric Science Graduate Program Director:     

Prof. Ben Lintner
Department of Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers University
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551

Phone: 848-932-5731

Prepared by Alan Robock  - Last updated on October 7, 2014