Program of Study
With a focus on research, you will study with faculty who specialize in atmospheric dynamics, physics, and chemistry, or climate science.
Through coursework, you will develop broad knowledge of the physical processes that govern our atmosphere and oceans. With guided research, you will specialize in synoptic, tropical, and mesoscale meteorology (extreme weather), atmospheric chemistry and physics (active gases and particles), or climate and environmental systems (climate prediction), culminating in your master’s thesis.
Atmospheric Science Courses
(18 credits minimum)
- Introduction to Atmospheric Physics I and II
- Atmospheric Dynamics
- Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology
- Tropical Meteorology
- Large-scale Dynamics of the Tropics
- Basic Concepts of Atmospheric Transfer Processes
- Climate Dynamics and Modeling
- General Circulation of the Atmosphere
- Boundary Layer Meteorology
- Mesoscale Processes
(0-12 credits) - Courses in other fields, as advised
Major Field Examination in Atmospheric Science
Oral presentation of research.
Satisfactory performance in teaching, research, or practicum duties contributing to academic development.
For more information, contact Oliver Elison Timm at [email protected].
Research projects are funded by federal, state and corporate grants. In addition to covering the costs of doing research and presenting results at international conferences, grants cover student tuition and a stipend.
Research projects may include:
- Tropical Cyclones and Hurricanes
- Mountain and Topography Influences
- Climate Modeling
- Glacier-Climate Interactions
- Thunderstorm Electrification and Lightning
- Solar and Wind Energy
- Synoptic / Dynamic Meteorology and Atmospheric Chemistry
As a graduate researcher you will have access to UAlbany’s Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), with opportunities to study atmospheric physics, chemistry and renewable energy.
Beyond the ASRC, take advantage of the National Weather Service, which is in walking distance of campus. Here you can apply for internships and cooperative research.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- 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