Master of Science

General Requirements:

Graduate Degree Requirements:
Students enrolled prior to Fall Quarter 2016 may use either the 2004 or 2016 approved graduate degree requirements.  Students enrolled in Fall Quarter 2016 or thereafter must abide by the 2016 approved graduate degree requirements.

2004 Approved Graduate Degree Requirements

2016 Approved Graduate Degree Requirements

Residence:
A student must be in residence at least three academic quarters. Residency implies registration for at least four units of upper division (100 series) or graduate (200 series) courses in a quarter.

Scholarship:
Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average in all upper division and graduate courses in order to remain in a graduate program or to be awarded a graduate degree.

Transfer Credit:
A request may be made for transfer of credit up to a maximum of six units from another institution or up to eighteen units from another campus of the University of California. Transfer credit may not be applied to the residence requirement.

Thesis Plan:

M.S. Thesis Course Plan (PDF)

In addition to meeting the requirements established by Graduate Studies, students in the M.S. Thesis Plan must also fulfill the following requirements:

1. Coursework

(30 units of graduate and upper division courses)

A. Breadth Requirement

"B" grade average or better in ATM 120, 121a, 128, and 121b or 158 or 160. A grade of "B" or higher in an equivalent course at another institution may be used to satisfy any or all of these course requirements, but will not contribute to the requirement of 30 units of coursework.

B. Depth Requirement

Courses taken to satisfy the Breadth requirement may not be used to satisfy these requirements.

  1. 12 units of graded ATM or related (including Chemistry, Math, Physics and Engineering) graduate courses with a B grade average or better
  2. 3 units of additional graded upper-division or graduate courses
  3. additional units to complete the 30 unit coursework requirement, chosen with the advice of the major professor and/or the Graduate Advisor

C. Seminar

  1. 4 units of ATM 290
  2. 2 formal presentations, normally to be given in ATM 290

2. Satisfactory completion of a Master's Thesis

A Masters thesis is primarily an educational experience for the student and the thesis is usually closely guided by the major professor. The thesis (and the work behind it) should demonstrate the students ability to search out answers to a well-defined question and apply them in an intelligent and orderly fashion to a specific problem. The thesis must be written in accordance with the rules issued by Graduate Studies and be acceptable to the 3-member Thesis Committee recommended to Graduate Studies by the Graduate Advisor and the students major professor and appointed in accordance with Academic Senate regulations.

3. Exit Seminar

During the final quarter of residency the student is expected to present the results of the thesis work in an exit seminar. This seminar may be given as part of ATM 290.

Examination Plan

M.S. Exam Course Plan (PDF)

In addition to meeting the requirements established by Graduate Studies, students in the M.S. Exam Plan must also fulfill the following requirements:

1. Coursework

(36 units of graduate and upper division courses)

A. Breadth Requirement

B grade average or better in ATM 120, 121a, 128, and 121b or 158 or 160. A grade of B or higher in an equivalent course at another institution may be used to satisfy any or all of these course requirements, but will not contribute to the requirement of 36 units of coursework.

B. Depth Requirement

Courses taken to satisfy the Breadth requirement may not be used to satisfy these requirements.

  1. 18 units of graduate courses in ATM or related (including Chemistry, Math, Physics and Engineering) areas with a grade of B average or better.
    Of those, a minimum of 6 units of ATM courses
  2. additional units to complete the 36 unit coursework requirement, chosen with the advice of the major professor and/or the Graduate Advisor (no more than 9 units may be ATM 299)

C. Seminar

  1. 4 units of ATM 290
  2. 2 formal presentations, normally as part of ATM 290

2. Written Examination

Satisfactory completion of an open book written examination (no more than 8 hours to complete), whose contents are set by the students M.S. Committee. This committee is made up of three members of the ASGG and is nominated by the Graduate Advisor in consultation with the student. This exam will include questions concerning the Breadth and Depth courses taken by the student.

For further information see the following web sites:
Atmospheric Science Graduate Group
UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies