Minor in Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric Chemistry is an interdisciplinary field that blends fundamental science with engineering and policy. It is a domain that is growing in scope, complexity, and demand as society grapples with burgeoning global, regional, and local challenges, including those in energy and public health. The minor is offered by the Departments of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, and Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. The minor requires five subjects. The core of the minor consists of three required subjects spanning thermodynamics and kinetics, atmospheric and ocean dynamics, air pollution, and atmospheric physics and chemistry, complemented by (at least) one subject in observations/applications, and one subject in the links of atmospheric chemistry to policy.

Chemistry, Dynamics, and the Atmosphere
Required Subjects
1.085[J]Air Pollution12
or 12.306 Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
5.60Thermodynamics and Kinetics12
12.003Introduction to Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics12
Observations/Applications
Select one of the following:12
Environmental Chemistry I
and Environmental Chemistry II
An Introduction to Weather Forecasting
and Independent Study
Experimental Atmospheric Chemistry
Aerosol and Cloud Microphysics and Chemistry
Linkages of Atmospheric Chemistry to Policy
Select one of the following:9-12
Global Warming Science
Global Environmental Negotiations
Science, Politics, and Environmental Policy
Total Units57-60

A minimum of four subjects taken for the atmospheric chemistry minor cannot also count toward a major or another minor.

Further information on the minor may be obtained from Professor Susan Solomon, or from Dr. Vicki McKenna, EAPS education director, 54-910, 617-253-3380.