The Department of Atmospheric Sciences (ATMS) now offers a Graduate Certificate in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics, designed to meet the demand for atmospheric scientists with post-graduate education in the:
- computational analysis/analytics of weather and climate data
- implementation and use of predictive models for the weather-climate interface
- assessment of weather- and climate-related risk
This particular skill set is different than, but complementary to that of traditional weather forecasting, and is particularly desirable in the private sector, which is the fastest-growing employment sector in the atmospheric sciences. This non-transcriptable certificate program is fully online, which precludes the need for an extended absence from a current position and/or familial responsibilities, and otherwise maximizes learning flexibility.
Students completing the online Graduate Certificate in Weather and Climate Risk and Data Analytics must complete three courses, totaling 12 credit hours, from the following list:
Prior to enrolling in the courses, the student must develop a plan of study in consultation with the program’s academic advisor Prof. Alicia Klees.
Students who wish to apply must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor's degree, ideally in atmospheric sciences, meteorology, oceanography, or in a related field such as physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering. The degree must be from an accredited college in the United States or an approved institution of higher learning abroad
- GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher for the last 60 semester hours in a Bachelor's program. Students who do not meet the degree criterion and/or GPA criterion may still be eligible for consideration. Such students are encouraged to contact Dr. Alicia Klees, Teaching Assistant Professor and program advisor, firstname.lastname@example.org, to determine their possible eligibility.
Tuition and Fees
2021-22 Tuition and Fee rates via Illinois Online.
Fall 2021: Monday, August 16th
Course and Faculty Highlights:
Alicia Klees, Teaching Assistant Professor & Graduate Certificate Advisor, email@example.com
Brian Jewett, Research Scientist, firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Nesbitt, Professor, email@example.com
Bob Rauber, Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Sriver, Professor, email@example.com
Jeff Trapp, Professor and Department Head, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zhuo Wang, Professor, email@example.com