You will find some useful information about the department and M.S. in ESS program in these pages.
Our department was ranked in the top ten by the Chronicle of Higher Education. More importantly, two of our former graduates have won the Presidential awards (PECASE) for early career scientists. Our graduates are scattered all over the country from national labs to Universities and private organizations. Our program is dedicated to providing a unique learning environment with hands-on relevant training in areas of importance to the country and the larger global community.
We have top notch computing and library resources coupled with laboratory and field experiment-based instruments. Check out our web pages. I am sure that you will be impressed.
M.S. in ESS.
There is a huge demand for professionals with skills in GIS and Remote Sensing with emphasis on studying earth-system and environmental problems. Our students continue to shine in conferences, meetings, workshops and in classroom. They take an active role in recruitment, conduct student-led workshops and work on projects that are meaningful to them and the community. This is the home of ESSA and the Green Club.
The M.S. in ESS is an interdisciplinary program that enables students to learn environmental issues through a hands-on approach. Students must have an appropriate foundation with at least two semesters of math and physics and preferably chemistry before entering the program. Students who do not have a background in ESS take the survey course in Atmospheric/Earth System Science (ESS 501) which provides the framework for earth/atmospheric processes. Prerequisites for ESS 501 must be fulfilled which include ESS 111, PH 112, and MA 172. CH101/105 is also recommended.
501 Survey of Atmospheric Science (3 hrs).
General survey of the field of earth and atmospheric science. Quantitative examination of atmospheric physical properties
including atmospheric composition, structure and dynamics. Detailed inspection of evolving atmospheric structures using
real-time data systems. General topics include atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric dynamics, cloud physics,
atmospheric radiation, and related topics in atmospheric remote sensing. Prerequisites: ESS 111, MA 172 and PH 112, or consent of instructor.
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Graduate Research Assistantships.
As funding resources allow, we offer GRAs to qualified students based on GRE scores, GPA, research interests and a willingness to get involved in graduate education initiatives. Students who receive these GRAs are provided a full tuition waiver, a $19,200 stipend (as of 2012) and insurance benefits. It is important to note that not all students receive a GRA upon admission. Some come to the department and excel in their work and then earn a GRA . Several scenarios are possible.