Courses in Air Quality & Atmospheric Sciences

Graduate students conducting research in CAPS are all enrolled in a graduate program in one of the five member departments (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering). As such, they pursue the core requirements of a research degree in that department. However, each department also provides sufficient flexibility that allows all of our students to follow a coherent core of common courses in air quality, atmospheric sciences and chemistry, climate science, environmental chemistry, and the chemistry, microphysics, and sources and sinks of particulate matter.

New students to CAPS are strongly encouraged to start by taking Air Quality Engineering, offered every Fall, to gain a solid introduction to air quality, atmospheric chemistry, and particulate matter. Combustion and Air Pollution Control is the logical next course to take in the Air Quality course sequence, offered every Spring. The Aerosol Measurement Technology and Fundamentals of Aerosol Science courses are specifically designed for CAPS students to study particulate matter at the Ph.D. research level. These four courses comprise the recommended CAPS "core course" sequence. Many additional courses are offered for students to deepen their knowledge of specific aspects in the fields of air quality, environmental chemistry, and atmospheric and climate science.

The following courses are regularly taught (yearly or alternating years) by CAPS faculty and compose the core curriculum available for CAPS students to pursue. Our students enjoy the flexibility to select the courses that best align with their interests and research topics. The timing of future course offerings is subject to change.

Many of the above courses also comprise the core of a coursework Masters degree in air quality engineering available to students in all of our member departments in the College of Engineering.

Below are some additional related course offerings that CAPS students can benefit from: