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Atmospheric Sciences Track

Our graduate program allows students to develop skills in analytical, numerical, and laboratory techniques by conducting independent research on important topics such as extreme weather, air quality, ocean-atmosphere interactions, climate change, and forecasting.  Our faculty and graduate students are engaged in a broad range of research projects that are scientifically challenging and important to society. A solution to even a single problem will be an important contribution to this exciting field. We look forward to working with you to make that happen.

Faculty members in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences  have active research projects. These projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Navy, and other sources.

The M.S. program provides a rigorous training in atmospheric dynamics, physics (thermodynamics, radiative transfer, microphysics) and chemistry, as well as their application in one of the areas of weather forecasting, remote sensing (satellite and radar), numerical modeling, air quality, cloud formation, and climate change. The program prepares students to gain strong communicative, analytical and computer skills for positions in research, education, management, and environmental protection.

The Ph.D. program provides the same foundation as the M.S. program, while providing an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students to become effective and independent problem solvers towards cutting edge atmospheric science problems. Students will be free to emphasize their own interests in atmospheric science but are expected to acquire a broad base of interdisciplinary knowledge preparing them for future complex scientific and societal challenges. Our graduates are prepared for postdoctoral appointments and faculty appointments as well as positions directing research at government or industrial laboratories, and managerial positions at not-for-profit and government agencies.

Our Faculty invite you to join us for a graduate degree at SoMAS!

Core Curriculum

  1. MAR 541 Foundations of Atmospheric Sciences I
  2. MAR 542 Foundations of Atmospheric Sciences II
  3. One oceanography course chosen from among the following: MAR 501, 503, 506, 508, 545, and 547.
  4. Three (for Ph.D. students) or two (for M.S. students) of the following five advanced courses:
    • MAR 505 General Circulation of the Atmosphere
    • MAR 544 Atmospheric Radiation
    • MAR 570 Modern Methods of Data Analysis in Atmospheric and Oceanic Studies Part II
    • MAR 572 Geophysical Simulation
    • MAR 593 Atmospheric Physics
    • MAR 594 Atmospheric Dynamics
    • MAR 596 Atmospheric Chemistry
    • MAR 598 Synoptic and Mesocale Meteorology
  5. MAR 595 Graduate Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences (two semesters)
  6. Minimum of 24 course credits for Ph.D. students.


  • MAR 527 Global Change
  • MAR 528 Ocean Atmosphere Interactions
  • MAR 529 Isotope Geochemistry
  • MAR 538 Modern Methods of Data Analysis in Atmospheric and Ocean Science – Part I
  • MAR 545 Paleoceanogrphy and Paleoclimatology
  • MAR 547 Dynamical Oceanography I
  • MAR 548 Dynamical Oceanography II
  • MAR 558 Remote Sensing
  • MAR 564 Atmospheric Structure and Analysis
  • MAR 565 Tropical Meteorology
  • MAR 582 Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics
  • MAR 583 Doppler Weather Radar
  • MAR 586 Introduction to Ecological Modeling
  • MAR 597 Climate Dynamics
  • MAR 599 Atmospheric Boundary Layer Processes


Graduate Course Descriptions


SoMAS graduate students complete a thesis working closely with one or more of SoMAS’s excellent faculty. By the end of their second semester of study, all students must choose an advisor who will guide their research, approve course selections, and oversee their efforts toward degree completion.

Prospective Students

Prospective students: To find a SoMAS faculty member whose research interests match yours, visit our faculty and research pages.

Financial Support

Virtually all graduate students within the Institute are supported by teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships throughout their years at the Institute. The assistantships and fellowships carry full tuition payment in additional to a stipend. Some students receive additional support from special fellowships.  For more information, please visit the Financial Support page.


The graduate training in atmospheric science at Stony Brook is rigorous. Our students are equipped with sufficient knowledge and analytical skills for them to work in challenging careers after graduation. The Institute is also well connected to other major research institutions around the world and is a leading participant in the research community. This gives our students an advantage in finding jobs.

All graduate students from Institute have been satisfactorily employed after graduation. Many of them work in leading government research centers and universities. These include the NASA centers, the National Laboratories of the DOE, the NOAA centers, the National Center for Atmospheric Research etc. Some of our graduates find faculty positions at colleges or universities and some work in private industry including consulting firms, insurance and computer software industry etc.

To Apply

Please visit our Graduate Student Admissions page for application details.