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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Certificate in Atmospheric Science

Students on Summer 2022, Fall 2022, or Spring 2023 requirements ATMSCIACRT

The Certificate in Atmospheric Science provides a broad and rigorous introduction to the atmospheric sciences, allowing students to study variability in and changes to the modern atmosphere. Coursework within the atmospheric sciences helps students to better understand atmospheric processes and their impacts on natural ecosystems and human society through the study of such topics as air pollution, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate variations, the water cycle, weather forecasting, and wind energy. The certificate also emphasizes the development of skills in scientific programming, meteorological instrumentation, and statistics.


The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Foundations.
    1. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. One (1) course:
      • EAS-E 105 Earth: Our Habitable Planet
      • EAS-E 116 Our Planet and Its Future
      • EAS-E 122 Earth's Dynamic Atmosphere
      • EAS-E 144 Extreme Weather and Its Impacts
    2. Physical Meteorology, Climate, and Paleoclimate. One (1) course:
      • EAS-A 315 Climate Engineering
      • EAS-A 340 Physical Meteorology and Climatology
      • EAS-A 476 Climate Change Science
  2. Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science. One (1) course:
    • EAS-A 332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Processes
    • EAS-A 364 Atmospheric Dynamics I
    • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
    • EAS-A 474 Topics in Atmospheric Science
  3. Electives. Five (5) courses:
    • EAS-A 339 Weather Analysis and Forecasting
    • EAS-A 347 Instrumentation for Atmospheric Science
    • EAS-A 364 Atmospheric Dynamics I
    • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
    • EAS-A 437 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology
    • EAS-A 476 Climate Change Science
    • EAS-E 448 Sustainable Energy Systems
    • EAS-E 470 Micrometeorology
    • EAS-X 498 Undergraduate Research in Geosciences
    • PHYS-P 310 Environmental Physics
  4. Certificate GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Certificate Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    3. Certificate Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Certificate Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EASBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science (ATSCIBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science (EASCIBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Master of Science in Secondary Education (EAS-BSMSED)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience (ENGEOSCBS)
  • Minor in Atmospheric Science (ATSCIMIN)
  • Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EASMIN)
  • [Name unavailable] (GEOLBA)
  • [Name unavailable] (GEOLBS)
  • [Name unavailable] (GEOLSASCON)
  • [Name unavailable] (GEOLMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for certificate requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.