Master of Science

General Requirements:

Atmospheric Sciences Graduate PhD and MS Degree Requirements (2016)

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

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. Additional units to complete the 30 unit coursework requirement, chosen with the advice of the major professor and/or the Graduate Advisor (seminar units (ATM 290 or equivalent) or ATM 299 units may not be used to satisfy this requirement).

C. Seminar

  1. 2 units of ATM 290 or equivalent
  2. One formal presentation, normally to be given in ATM 290

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.  The thesis should be submitted to the Thesis Committee at least two weeks in advance of the exit seminar.

3. Exit Seminar

During the final quarter of residency, 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 be given independently.

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 graduate courses in ATM or related (including Chemistry, Math, Physics and Engineering) areas with a grade of B average or better.
  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 6 units may be ATM 299 or equivalent; seminar units (ATM 290) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement)

C. Seminar

  1. 2 units of ATM 290 or equivalent
  2. One formal presentation, normally as part of ATM 290

2. Written Examination

The exam plan requires satisfactory completion of a written examination (no more than 8 hours to complete). The MS 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 (ATM 120), geophysical fluid dynamics (ATM 121a), and radiation and satellite meteorology (ATM 128)— and two questions to be selected by the student from a group of more advanced (200 course level) subjects in atmospheric science. Such advanced course subjects may include but are not limited to boundary layer meteorology, biometeorology, atmospheric chemistry, climate dynamics, and numerical modeling. To pass the MS exam, a student must demonstrate strong proficiency in at least 4 of the 5 subjects and cannot show any major deficiencies in the fifth subject. A student who fails the MS Exam the first time may retake the exam one more time at the next available offering. A student who fails the exam the second time will be subject to termination from the MS degree program

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