Program Requirements

The applicable requirements will be those in effect during that academic year when the student first registered in the Program, unless stated otherwise in this Handbook or by the Program Director.

All RSMAS courses are listed on the GSO website. All courses taken by students should be approved by their advisors. Students are recommended to consult with their advisors and the ATM Program Director regarding their choices of courses. Deviations from the requirements must be approved by the advisor and the ATM Program Director.

ATM students follow one of two concentrations: Physical Sciences or Chemical Sciences

Physical Sciences Concentration

The ATM Ph.D. degree requires 60 total credits. 1
Core Courses9
Introduction to Atmospheric Science *
Physical Sciences Concentration
Students concentrating on Physical Sciences are required to take the following courses:
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I
General Circulation of the Atmosphere
Electives 217
Dissertation Research 34
Doctoral Dissertation
Required Examinations
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
ATM Seminar 5
Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
Educational Training 1
Educational Training 2
Educational Training 3
Total Credit Hours60

Chemical Sciences Concentration 

The ATM Ph.D. degree requires 60 total credits. 1
Core Courses6
Introduction to Atmospheric Science *
Chemical Sciences Concentration
Students concentrating on Chemical Sciences are required to take the following course:
Atmospheric Chemistry
Electives 220
Dissertation Research 34
Doctoral Dissertation
Required Examinations
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
ATM Seminar 5
Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
Educational Training 1
Educational Training 2
Educational Training 3
Total Credit Hours60