Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (APS) Degree Programs


The Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences offers the M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. The new graduate curriculum is approved, and recruitment of students is now a priority. A Minor in Space, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS Minor) is offered for undergraduates pursuing careers where knowledge in these areas can be an advantage.

Course Tracks

Minor Program
Master’s Program
Doctoral Program

Admission Requirements

For APS Graduate:

  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • 2-3 semesters of calculus
  • differential equations
  • Linear Algebra is recommended but not required
  • 2 semesters of calculus-based physics
  • knowledge of some computer programming language
  • GRE – submit scores
  • TOEFFL – for international students
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • personal statement

Undergraduate disciplines recommended for graduate study include: Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Planetary Sciences, Astronomy, Computer Science, and Engineering.

All other undergraduate majors interested in graduate degrees from APS are encouraged to talk to Dr. Robert Loughman, Departmental Chair. Additional undergraduate science or mathematics courses might be required before graduate courses are begun based on each student’s past studies.