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Undergraduate 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 School of 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 requirements.

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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