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Jake McLean '15

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Jake McLean '15

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Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science is the study of the workings of the atmosphere. This study includes Meteorology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Air Pollution Climatology, Agricultural Meteorology and more. The dual-degree program is for students who are interested in weather and climate, seeking employment as a meteorologist, interested in alternative, renewable, sustainable energy, and other related fields of study.

The dual-degree Atmospheric Science program is a way of combining Atmospheric Science with a liberal arts education. Unlike traditional atmospheric science programs, dual-degree students spend time studying outside atmospheric science and natural sciences, learning in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The program gives students more free electives and the opportunity to become broadly educated. Writing and speaking well are important facets of a dual-degree program at Monmouth College. Student who participate in this program will complete the Physics Major and general education requirements.

Dual-Degree Program

Monmouth College has joined with Creighton University to create a unique dual-degree program for students interested in Atmospheric Science. Upon completing the Physics Major for Atmospheric Science at Monmouth, students will be guaranteed admission to the Master’s program in Atmospheric Science at Creighton University.

Students will be required to have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better and a GPA of 3.0 or better in all Mathematics and Science courses. Students who do not meet these requirements have the right to petition for admission. Students may also opt to complete this program as a 4-2 if they wish to spend their senior year at Monmouth College.

Career Opportunities

Atmospheric scientists are becoming a vital part of society. In a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, Atmospheric Science was listed 9th on the list of fields with a 98.4% employment rate.

Graduates have had advanced careers in meteorology, and the environment, with such agencies as the National Weather Service, the United States Air Force Weather Service, and various environmental and meteorological research and management organizations within the government and private industry.

Department Facilities and Equipment

The Physics Department has computing facilities that are not often found at a small college due to the new $42 million Center for Science and Business. The Nuclear Lab has 30-inch walls to protect the cobalt source, and features a neutron generator and high-purity germanium detector.

The Physics program incorporates spacious teaching laboratories, smaller laboratories for individual projects, and a small shop. The department has a Schmidt-Cassegrain, computer-driven telescope for use in the introductory astronomy course and a digital SLR camera. A new astronomical observatory with a large computerized 20” reflector telescope has been purchased for installation in late 2014 or early 2015. A grid computer allows high-performance scientific computing for a range of projects in both Physics and Engineering.

In addition to the grid computer, we have a wide array of computers for students to use, including new dual iMacs that can run a variety of operating systems in virtualization and are able to run ArcView (a sophisticated mapping program), SGI workstations, and Sun Sparc stations.

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