Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Atmospheric Sciences


Objective:   The degree of Doctor of Philosophy signifies understanding of the nature of knowledge normally attained only through the original solution of a problem of substantial scientific importance.
A student must qualify for study toward the PhD by presenting an exceptional master's thesis and then by being nominated to COGS by the M.S. supervisory committee and then approved by COGS for admission into the Ph.D. program. A Ph.D. student must normally be accepted as a research student by a member of the faculty of the Department.  Immediately upon qualifying for PhD study, the student will convene a Supervisory Committee of not less than five members.  The student and the Supervisory Committee will jointly plan the remainder of his/her academic program.  The Supervisory Committee will normally meet with the student at least annually.

Students are required to take supporting courses outside their areas of specialization. At least 6 credits must be earned in approved courses in mathematics or the physical sciences other than Atmospheric Sciences.  An additional 36 graded credits in Atmospheric Science courses numbered above 500 (excluding seminars and colloquia) must be earned before the Final Examination.  Courses at the 500 level in science or mathematics may be substituted, subject to the approval of the supervisory committee, for some of these additional units.

A total of 27 credits of the required Atmospheric Sciences and out-of-department course work should be completed in the student's first year.  The remaining credits should be earned during the second and third years of residence by taking courses at a nominal rate of one class per quarter.

A minimum grade of 2.7 must be presented for each course used to satisfy the above requirements.  A cumulative gpa of at least 3.00 is required for a graduate degree.