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Certificate in Atmospheric Science (ATMSCIACRT)Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


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.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 24 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Foundations.
    1. Introduction to Atmospheric Science. One (1) course:
    2. Physical Meteorology, Climate, and Paleoclimate. One (1) course:
  2. Electives. Six (6) courses:
    • SPEA-E 451 Air Pollution and Control
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.