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On these pages you can learn more about the B.S. in Earth System Science and the individual tracks. 


Unique Indeed!

The UAH Atmospheric and Earth Science Department is devoted to providing high-quality education to graduate and undergraduate students and to contributing international-caliber research principally 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. 

Student Backgrounds 

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. 

Degree Program 

The B.S. degree in Earth System Science consists of the University general education requirements (GERs), the major core courses, the major elective courses, and ancillary requirements. Beyond these the student may select other course work to attain 128 credit hours with at least 39 credit hours at the level of 300 or above. The concentration may require more than 128 credit hours of course work.  


Atmospheric Science/Meteorology

Geographic Information Systems/Remote Sensing

Human Dimensions - Social Impacts


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