and Graduate Degree Programs
Students in the Bachelor of
Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences (B.S.I.S.)
degree program may choose to concentrate in the
atmospheric sciences. The atmospheric sciences
specialization is designed for students whose career
goal is meteorology or atmospheric research. Working
with faculty in the Atmospheric and
Environmental Sciences program, students can take coursework to satisfy
federal guidelines (e.g., for the National Weather
Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and U.S.
Geological Survey) for the title of meteorologist.
This specialization also serves as excellent
preparation for graduate study in meteorology,
atmospheric sciences, and adjacent fields.
The program leading to the MS degree in
meteorology was initiated by the
Mines in the fall of 1966.
The PhD program in
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences was
established in 2005. Students in these programs make
important contributions to the department's research
activities as Graduate Research Assistants.
Graduate Assistantships and Cost of Study
Several graduate student assistantships within the Department
of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences may be available each year to qualified students in Atmospheric Sciences and
related topic areas. These assistantships are funded through grants and/or
contracts held by departmental investigators.
Most graduate assistantships are based on half-time commitment
(20 hours/week) during the school year, and full time commitment for three
months (40 hours/week) during the summer. Activities to be carried out by a
research assistant are assigned and monitored by the principal investigator. In
order to qualify for the partial tuition payment, students must carry 9 credit
hours during the school year and 6 credit hours during the summer. This
requirement is reduced after a student has fulfilled all coursework
The Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Master of Science Program is included in the
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Western Regional
Graduate Program (WRGP). Students who are residents from any of the cooperating
states (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming)
may enroll in the SDSM&T Atmospheric Sciences program at in-state rates).
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