Master of Science

General Requirements:

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate PhD and MS Degree Requirements (2019)

Grandfathering of Graduate Degree Requirements:
Graduate degree requirements are grandfathered for currently enrolled students.  Students enrolled between Fall Quarter 2016 and Fall Quarter 2019 may abide by either the 2016 or 2019 approved graduate degree requirements. Students enrolled prior to Fall Quarter 2016 may use the 2004, 2016, or 2019 approved graduate degree requirements. The 2016 approved graduate degree requirements can be found here.  The 2004 approved graduate degree requirements can be found here.

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.

Advancement to Candidacy:
Every student must file an official application for Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Science after completing one-half of their course requirements and at least one quarter before completing all degree requirements; this is typically the 5th quarter. The MS Candidacy form can be found online at http://www.gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/forms/.

Thesis Plan:

ASGG M.S. Thesis Plan Course Plan Form (2017)

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, plus 2 units of seminar)

A. Breadth Requirement

"B" grade average or better in ATM 120, 121a, 128, and (one of) 121b, 124, 133, 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.

B. Depth Requirement

Neither Breadth Courses that are taken to make up any admission deficiencies, nor Breadth Courses that have been waived by the Graduate Advisor, may be used to satisfy the Depth Requirement of 30 units.

  1. 12 units of graded graduate-level courses in ATM, instructed by an ASGG-affiliated faculty member, or approved by the Graduate Advisor, with a "B" grade average or better. Research units (299 or equivalent) may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  2. Additional upper division and/or graduate units to complete the 30-unit Depth Courses requirement, chosen with the advice and consent of the major professor and/or the Graduate Advisor.
  3. Up to 2 additional seminar units beyond the 2 required units may contribute to the Depth Courses requirement.

C. Seminar

  1. 2 units of ATM 290 or equivalent
  2. The 2 required units of ATM 290 or equivalent will not contribute to the 30 unit Depth Courses requirement. During at least one of these ATM 290 or equivalent classes, the student must give one formal oral presentation.

2. Satisfactory completion of a Master's Thesis

A Master’s thesis is an educational experience for the student, which is usually closely guided by the major professor. The thesis should demonstrate the student’s ability to pose a sound scientific hypothesis, test the hypothesis using scientific methods, and reach logical conclusions. The thesis must be written in accordance with the rules issued by Graduate Studies and be acceptable to the 3-member Thesis Committee.

3. Exit Seminar

In the quarter in which the thesis is filed, or on a date as agreed to by the thesis committee chair, the student is required to present the results of the thesis work in an exit seminar. This seminar may be given as part of ATM 290 or held independently. The exit seminar requirement must be completed prior to the signing of the thesis.

Examination Plan

ASGG M.S. Exam Plan Course Plan Form (2017)

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, plus 2 units of seminar)

A. Breadth Requirement

B grade average or better in ATM 120, 121a, 128, and (one of) 121b, 124, 133, 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.

B. Depth Requirement

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

  1. 18 units of graded graduate-level courses in ATM, instructed by an ASGG-affiliated faculty member, or approved by the Graduate Advisor, with a "B" grade average or better. No more than 6 units of research (299 or equivalent) may be used to satisfy the 18-unit requirement.
  2. Additional upper division and/or graduate units to complete the 36-unit Depth Courses requirement, chosen with the advice and consent of the major professor and/or the Graduate Advisor.
  3. Up to 2 additional seminar units beyond the 2 required units may contribute to the Depth Courses requirement.

C. Seminar

  1. 2 units of ATM 290 or equivalent
  2. The 2 required units of ATM 290 or equivalent will not contribute to the 36 unit Depth Courses requirement. During at least one of these ATM 290 or equivalent classes, the student must give one formal oral presentation.

2. Written Examination

This plan requires satisfactory completion of a written examination (no more than 8 hours to complete). The MS comprehensive exam committee, which is appointed by the graduate advisor, establishes the contents of the exam. All students are required to answer one question from each of the required three breadth subjects — thermodynamics/cloud microphysics (ATM120), geophysical fluid dynamics (ATM121A), and radiation and satellite meteorology (ATM128) — and two depth questions to be selected by the student from a group of more advanced (200 course level) subjects in atmospheric science. Such advanced course depth subjects may include but are not limited to boundary layer meteorology, biometeorology, atmospheric chemistry, climate dynamics, and numerical modeling. Any or all of the three breadth subject questions may be waived for a student that has either (a) received a grade of A- or better at UC Davis in the corresponding course(s), or (b) has taken and received a grade of A- or better on the final examination for that course during a regular offering of that course at UC Davis. The option to waive questions is at the discretion of the MS comprehensive exam committee. The time allowed for each student to complete the exam shall be in proportion to the number of questions to be answered, and decided on in advance and in an equitable manner by the comprehensive examination committee.

To pass the MS comprehensive exam, a student must demonstrate strong proficiency in all but one of the tested subjects and cannot show any major deficiencies in the remaining subject.

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