Atmospheric science is the study of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the atmosphere and its interrelationship with the hydrosphere and the biosphere. The Graduate Group in Atmospheric Science offers both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs. A student may place emphasis on graduate work in one or more of the following fields: air quality meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, biometeorology, micrometeorology, numerical weather prediction, remote sensing, climate dynamics, large scale dynamics, and meso-scale meteorology.
Animal biology encompasses the discipline-based studies of domesticated and wild animals and animal management systems. Understanding of the multifaceted aspects of organismal biology is a critical context for interpretation of molecular, cellular, and behavioral observations. The program of study is individually tailored to meet student needs and includes a limited number of core courses to provide a foundational understanding of the animal as an integrated organism.
The Transportation Technology and Policy program is an interdisciplinary graduate group designed to meet the world’s growing need for highly qualified, thoughtful and dedicated leaders in sustainable transportation. Students can pursue either a technology or planning and policy track. The technology track is for students trained in engineering and the physical sciences and interested in systems-level planning, analysis, management, and design of advanced technologies focusing on energy and environmental issues.
The Viticulture and Enology Graduate Group offers advanced studies ranging from the genetics, physiology, and biochemistry of grapevines; the chemistry, microbiology, and sensory science of wines; and the chemical and process engineering of winemaking. Research topics can vary; examples include the molecular biology of grapevines, bacteria, or yeast; the grape and wine chemistry associated with fermentation and aging; and the correlation of analytical and sensory analyses. While only the M.S. is offered through this program, Ph.D.
Students in this program study the production, distribution, and consumption of food, fiber, and energy in both developed and less-developed countries. To address these issues, the program emphasizes the development and application of rigorous economic theory and quantitative methods. Graduates become leaders in understanding and improving government policy, market performance, environmental quality, the efficiency of natural resource use, and total income and its distribution. The M.S. and joint M.S./M.B.A.
The Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Program allows students to explore a diversity of agricultural and environmental topics. The degree is designed to help students understand basic and advanced concepts in both the natural and social sciences.
The minor in Geographic Studies is defined by its concern with place. Geographers strive to answer spatial questions regarding the Earth’s surface; to describe and explain the character of regions; to ascertain the ways in which historical and contemporary humans have used and shaped the Earth’s surface; and to understand the interactions of physical, biotic and human systems within our global environment. The minor is compatible with a variety of environmental majors in the college.