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
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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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 Sciences.
The Cook Campus was recently
described in a Daily Targum article as a pastoral paradise.
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:
Department of Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551
Alan Robock - Last updated on
December 17, 2012