The University of Arizona Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences

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Ph.D. Program

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is primarily a research degree. The candidate must complete at least 36 units of graduate course credit in the major field, including a core of 6 units of dynamic meterology and 6 units of physical meteorology. An additional 18 units of other graduate-level atmospheric sciences courses and 6 units of graduate-level elective coursework completes the 36 credit requirement. In addition, the candidate must complete 18 units of dissertation credit, 2 units of ATMO seminar, and fulfill the minor requirement (typically 12 units, depending on the minor Department). All Ph.D. students must pass a written and oral Comprehensive Examination, and complete and defend a dissertation based on original research.

Students accepted into the graduate program without a Master's of Science (M.S.) degree must first successfully complete the M.S. program before proceeding with the Ph.D. Students entering the Ph.D. program with an M.S. degree in another field are permitted to minor within the department with the approval of their committee. This minor will consist of 12 units of atmospheric sciences at the graduate level in subjects other than those directly related to their area of research.

For more information regarding the program, forms and procedures, view the following:

ATMO Ph.D. Handbook—detailed information of the atmospheric sciences Ph.D. requirements

Ph.D. Checklist—A step by step checklist to use as a guide during the Ph.D. program

Procedures and Routing Sheet—A map of departmental procedures and the UA Graduate College’s GradPath forms and procedures

Plan of Study (POS) Form—the departmental POS form to complete before creating and submitting the GradPath POS form

Qualifying Exam Form—the departmental form used to show intent to take the qualifying exam and show exam results. Passing the qualifying exam is required to continue with the Ph.D. program.

Results of Oral Comprehensive Exam—the departmental form is used as an internal record in the student’s file.

Dissertation Proposal Form—the departmental form is used as an internal record in the student’s file and is required for approval of the GradPath’s Prospectus/Proposal Confirmation form.


Possible Ph.D. Degree Program

Semester Major
Courses
Minor
Courses
Research/
Dissertation
Total
Units
Fall 1 ATMO 541a
ATMO 551a
ATMO xxx
3
3
3
Subtotal 9 9
Spring 1 ATMO 541b
ATMO 551b
ATMO xxx
3
3
3
Subtotal 18 18
Fall 2
Quals (Written)
ATMO xxx
ATMO xxx
ATMO 596a

 
XXXX xxx
3
3
4
Subtotal 25 3 28
Spring 2 XXXX xxx
ATMO 596a
 


XXXX xxx
ATMO 900/910 3
4
3
Total Units 29 6 4 39
M.S. Complete 29 4 33
Subtotal Ph.D. 27 6 33
Fall 3 ATMO xxx

 

XXXX xxx
XXXX xxx
3
3
3
Subtotal 30 12 42
Spring 3
Comps (Written)
ATMO xxx
XXXX xxx
 


ATMO900
3
3
3
Subtotal 36 12 48
Fall 4
Comps (Orals)


ATMO920


9
Subtotal 36 12 9 57
Spring 4

ATMO920


9
Subtotal 36 12 18 66
Fall 5

ATMO920
Ph.D. All But Dissertation 36 12 18 66