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)

Course Requirements for students beginning graduate study in Fall, 2009 or later

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All Ph.D. students must take at least one course from each of the five following categories. All M.S. students must take one course from four of the five following categories:

  16:107:532 Atmospheric Physics (offered Fall semester) or
  16:712:501 Physical Oceanography (Fall)

  16:375:540 Atmospheric Chemistry (Spring, odd years)

  16:712:502 Large Scale Ocean/Atmosphere Dynamics (Spring, even years)

  16:107:545 Physical Climatology (Fall, even years)

  16:712:615 Geophysical Data Analysis (Spring, odd years) or
  16:712:552 Remote Sensing of the Ocean & Atmosphere (Fall)

Ph.D. students must fulfill these course requirements before taking the qualifying examination.

All M.S. students must take at least 1 credit of seminar, and all Ph.D. students must take at least two 1-credit seminars. The M.S. degree with thesis requires a minimum of 24 course credits, 6 research credits, a thesis, and an oral examination on the thesis. For the Ph.D. degree, students must complete at least 30 course credits and 24 research credits. Eighteen additional credits must also be taken in either course credits or research credits (for a total of at least 72 credits). The Ph.D. qualifying examination must be passed before admission to candidacy, and completion and successful public defense of a thesis is also required.

Courses Outside the Program Requirements

Students are encouraged to take courses not listed in the program requirements when these are considered desirable for their research or academic development. All course selections should be discussed with the student's faculty advisor. Courses to consider include (but are not limited to) the following:

16:107:539 Introduction to Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean
16:107:544 Modeling of Climatic Change
16:107:553 Mechanisms of Past Climate Change
16:375:524 Source Control of Atmospheric Pollution (Design Course)
16:375:536 Air Sampling and Analysis Techniques (Lab)
16:712:603 Numerical Modeling of the Atmosphere and Ocean I
16:712:604 Numerical Modeling of the Atmosphere and Ocean II
16:960:590 Design of Experiments

Undergraduate Courses

In many cases 300 or 400 level undergraduate courses are appropriate and accepted for credit (G prefix) toward a graduate degree with advisor approval; however, the number of undergraduate credits associated with the degree must not exceed 12.

Transfer of Credit From Other Institutions

After completing 12 credits within the Program, students may petition to transfer up to 12 course credits towards an M.S. degree or up to 18-24 course credits (a maximum of half) towards a Ph.D. from graduate work completed at other institutions.


Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all coursework taken at Rutgers toward a graduate degree. No more than one course with a grade of C or C+ may be counted toward the degree.