Welcome prospective students! On these pages you can learn more about studying the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere at the Department of Atmospheric Science @ UAHuntsville. The department was ranked in the top ten by the Chronicle of Higher Education and we were extremely excited when two of our former students (Dr. Zhang and Dr. Ramachandran) were recipients of back-to-back (2009/2010) Presidential early career awards (PECASE). Take a look at our web pages to see the accomplishments of our students and faculty.
The UAH Atmospheric Science Department is devoted to providing high-quality education to graduate and under-graduate students and to contributing international-caliber research principally in the areas of remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, radiative transfer, microwave radiometry, severe storms, numerical modeling, and climate-change modeling and measurements. Atmospheric science is an increasingly important part of the earth system: the atmosphere. Research opportunities abound at UAH due largely to the nation’s concern about the environment. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Army Research Office, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tennessee Valley Authority all fund atmospheric science research at UAH. The Department is housed in the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), a unique institute in which scientists from the Atmospheric Science Department at UAH, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the National Weather Service, the Space Science and Technology Alliance, other government agencies and industry all work together on research programs of national interest.
Atmospheric science students come from a variety of backgrounds including mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering, as well as traditional meteorology. Atmospheric science is an excellent field for students with a technical background who would like to apply their knowledge to important atmospheric and environmental problems. Global warming, ozone depletion, climate change, acid rain, air pollution, severe storms and weather forecasting are only some of the problems studied by atmospheric scientists. Because much of the information about the atmosphere must come from satellite-based instruments, and because the atmosphere is coupled with the other components of the atmosphere-ocean-land-biosphere system, the program emphasizes remote sensing and earth system science.
All students are required to take the GRE. International students must also take the TOEFL. Our Students for the graduate program come from different undergraduate degrees. The most common ones are Meteorology/Atmospheric Science and Physics. Some students have a background in chemistry, mathematics, and engineering. For further details the student should also visit the Graduate school web page (http://www.uah.edu/gradschool/index.php).
1. Have a minimum grade point average of B (3.0 GPA) on the undergraduate record.
2. STARTING August, 2011, Educational Testing Services revised the general GRE test and scoring. The Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning sections now have a score range of 130 to 170. (Previous score range was 200 to 800). The Analytical Writing section has not changed and has a range from 0 to 6. UAHuntsville minimum scores for unconditional admission are 150 Verbal, 150 Quantitative, and 3.0 Analytical Writing. How to convert old GRE scores to new guidelines (pdf)
The UAHuntsville school code to have GRE and TOEFL scores reported to the Office of Graduate Admissions from Educational Testing Service (ETS) is 1854.
3. The applicant must have training through a calculus sequence (including the calculus of vector-valued functions), a course in linear algebra, and courses in ordinary and partial differential equations. He or she must also have completed at least two semesters of chemistry, two semesters of calculus-based physics, and have demonstrable computer proficiency in at least one high-level programming language.
Graduate Research Assistantships
For Ph.D. students who pass their preliminary exam, their stipend will be increased to $20,400 per year.
For Ph.D. students who pass their qualifying exam, their stipend will be increased to $21,600.