The UAH Atmospheric and Earth Science Department is devoted to providing high-quality education to and to contributing international-caliber research in the areas of remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, radiative transfer, microwave radiometry, severe storms, numerical modeling, and climate-change modeling and measurements. 

Research opportunities abound at UAH due largely to the nation’s concern about the environment. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Army Research Office (ARO), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) all fund atmospheric and earth science research at UAH.

The Department is housed in the National Space Science and Technology Center (NSSTC), a unique institute in which scientists from the Atmospheric and Earth Science Department at UAH, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the National Weather Service, the Space Science and Technology Alliance, other government agencies and industry all work together on research programs of national interest. 

Atmospheric and earth system science students come from a variety of backgrounds including mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering, as well as traditional meteorology. Atmospheric and earth system sciences are excellent fields for students with a technical background who would like to apply their knowledge to important atmospheric and environmental problems. Global warming, ozone depletion, climate change, acid rain, air pollution, severe storms and weather forecasting are only some of the problems studied by atmospheric and earth system scientists. Because much of the information about the atmosphere must come from satellite-based instruments, and because the atmosphere is coupled with the other components of the atmosphere-ocean-land-biosphere system, the program emphasizes remote sensing and earth system science. 

Admission Process

  1. Complete the Graduate Admission Process.
  2. Complete the Atmospheric and Earth Science Department form. Email form to
  3. Three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be from instructors, capstone advisors, or project managers who can attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Send letters directly to
  4. To be considered for graduate research assistantships, apply on or before February 15 (For Fall start).
  5. Explore possibilities through the Academic Common Market.
  6. Check out the AMS Student chapter.


  • Calculus sequence (including the calculus of vector-valued functions)
  • Linear algebra
  • Applied differential equations
  • Two semesters of calculus-based physics

  • Demonstrable computer proficiency in at least one high-level programming language

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on the undergraduate record