Graduate Academic Program
Howard University maintains a ranking by the Carnegie Institute as a Doctoral/Research-Extensive institution. It has accredited Ph.D.-granting programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Mechanical Engineering.
Howard University Program in Atmospheric Sciences (HUPAS) is leading a transformation in atmospheric science research and education. HUPAS offers the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in atmospheric sciences. HUPAS is a national leader among peer institutions in producing well-trained atmospheric scientists. HUPAS faculty are recognized experts in areas such as tropical storms, chemical modeling and data assimilation, characterization of water vapor, wind, aerosol variability, characterization of the impacts and microphysical evolution of aerosols.
At the Howard University NASA University Research Center Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation, we emphasize the PhD degree as well as the Master of Science degree in our graduate research programs. Our focus reflects our interrelated goals of enhancing research and scholarship by producing the nation’s next generation of African American scholars and faculty members.
Producing scientific leaders and experts requires an advanced graduate program that engages students in research on the vanguard of the discipline. To that end, Howard University has assembled a cadre of talented faculty who are already making significant contributions, for example, in their leadership of international field experiments in West Africa to study the genesis of tropical storms. They have fostered productive research collaborations with NASA scientists. The Water Vapor Variability Satellite/Sondes (WAVES) field experiment that was conducted at the Howard University Beltsville Campus between 2006 and 2008 is one such example. WAVES accomplished important science for NASA in terms of AURA and AIRS ground validation (as evidenced by the resulting publications) while engaging numerous graduate students.
The mission of the Beltsville Center for Climate System Observation (BCCSO) is to lead a transformation in atmospheric research and education by inspiring traditionally underrepresented groups. Our goal is to:
- Create Science and Academic Leaders
- Educate the Next Generation of Scientists
- Conduct Research to Improve Weather, Climate, and Air Quality Prediction
- Establish a World Class Atmospheric Research Facility