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Certificate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

The University of Colorado recognizes that interdisciplinary study at the graduate level may involve coursework and formal requirements that exceed those of established degree programs. To recognize this additional work by graduate students, interdisciplinary faculty may establish a certificate program within the Graduate School.

Graduate students can pursue the Graduate Certificate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) while earning a graduate degree at CU-Boulder or while taking coursework as a non-degree seeking student through Continuing Education’s ACCESS Program, provided they have already earned a bachelor’s degree and meet the course prerequisites.

The ATOC Graduate Certificate is noted on the official CU transcript.

Requirements for a Graduate Certificate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

If you are currently a graduate student at CU, or if you have a bachelor’s degree and are a non-degree seeking ACCESS student, you may pursue the ATOC Graduate Certificate by satisfactorily completing four ATOC graduate level courses* or their cross-listed equivalents (ie ATOC 5151 or CHEM 5151) provided the cross-listed equivalents are not offered through your home department(s). To satisfactorily complete a course, you must earn a grade of B or better.

Students must meet course pre-requisites prior to enrollment. Most of the ATOC Graduate Certificate Courses require at least one year of Calculus and one year of Calculus-based Physics.
Upon Completion of the ATOC Graduate Certificate requirements, students must complete a Graduate Certificate Request Form and submit it, together with a copy of their unofficial CU transcript, to the ATOC Graduate Program Assistant ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

*ATOC graduate level courses are considered those above the 5000 level. ATOC 5000: Critical Issues in Climate and the Environment cannot be applied towards the ATOC certificate requirements.