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Student Learning Objectives Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science, Atmospheric Science 

  • Effectively communicate with colleagues or others via clear and efficient writing or presentation technique.
  • Acquire new knowledge and abilities by embracing a lifelong perspective of inquiry, discovery and learning.
  • Cogently describe the fundamental physical and dynamical processes operating in our atmosphere utilizing appropriate mathematical formulation.
  • Access, interpret and analyze a broad range of meteorological data, most typically for the purpose of generating an operational weather forecast.
  • Apply data, concepts, and models to the solution of problems in the atmospheric sciences.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Environmental Science

  • Effectively communicate with colleagues or others via clear and efficient writing or presentation technique.
  • Acquire new knowledge and abilities by embracing a lifelong perspective of inquiry, discovery and learning.
  • Identify and describe the various systems comprising the Earth's environment, including recognizing key aspects of these systems’ interaction and feedback loops.
  • Perform quantitative analyses specific to environmental evaluation, including assessing relevant parameters and interpreting their trends in space and/or time.
  • Apply field methods, data, concepts, and models to the solution of problems in the environmental sciences.

Master of Science

  • Demonstrate a clear mastery of advanced concepts in atmospheric physics, chemistry and dynamics
  • Carry out a limited-scope, directed research project on an atmospheric science related topic that includes:
    • Review of literature on past experiments on research topic
    • Application of common scientific practices in observational data analysis, numerical modeling, and/or mathematical analysis of relevant phenomena
    • Analysis of results using appropriate quantitative methods
  • Document, detail, and defend the research conducted in a formal written thesis, including an oral presentation and defense
  • Develop effective written and oral communication skills that lead to the dissemination of research results to fellow atmospheric scientists and the broader community under the direction of an advisor  

PhD Program

  • Demonstrate ability to use sound scientific reasoning to develop testable hypotheses and evaluate complex scientific problems in a specific research area related to atmospheric science
  • Carry out an extensive, independent research project that addresses a significant scientific problem in a specific atmospheric science research area and includes:
    • Extensive review of relevant literature
    • Application of common, or development of new, scientific practices in observational data analysis, numerical modeling, and/or mathematical analysis of relevant phenomena
    • Ability to analyze the results using appropriate quantitative methods and draw appropriate conclusions
  • Document, detail, and defend the research conducted in a formal prospectus, written thesis, and oral dissertation defense
  • Independently develop effective written and oral communication skills that lead to the dissemination of research results to fellow atmospheric scientists at scientific meetings and the broader community