Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Study (SUGS)

In our increasingly technical world, master’s degrees are becoming the minimum accepted level of education in the industry. Climate & Space SUGS programs are designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of atmospheric/space sciences or space engineering and to increase your depth of knowledge beyond the baccalaureate degree level. The SUGS program offers breadth, depth and hands-on experience in both areas of concentration. Students interested in completing their undergraduate and master’s level education in five years may select either the SUGS in Atmospheric Science or in Space Engineering.

Each degree (B.S.E. and M.S. or M.Eng.) is awarded upon completion of the requirements. Students will typically enter the SUGS program by provisional enrollment in the senior year. Once SUGS students are within six credit hours of completing the required undergraduate degree, they must officially enroll in the Climate & Space M.S. or M.Eng. program for a minimum of two full terms, normally the last two semesters, and pay full graduate tuition for these two terms. Students are allowed to “double count” a certain number of credit hours for the two degrees.

SUGS in Applied Climate

The Climate & Space M.Eng. in Applied Climate, effectively a subset of the broad discipline of environmental engineering, is a professional degree designed for students whose interests lie in applying a basic understanding of climate science to engineered solutions requiring: adaptation to intensities and frequencies of extremes of weather associated with regional climate change, and mitigation of regional and global climate change through actions such as altered emission of short- and long-lived radiatively active gases and aerosols.

SUGS in Climate and Space Science

This program is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of atmospheric or space science and the various components of each system. Students enjoy extensive computational facilities as well as laboratories for measurement of the chemical and physical properties of the atmosphere and space weather. Climate & Space atmospheric scientists and students are solving problems related to short- and long-term forecasting, air quality, atmospheric turbulence and convection, biogeochemical cycling, and precipitation processes, among a growing list of areas. Space Science faculty and students are studying planetary, solar and cosmic weather used in determining the systemic relationships between a planet and its atmosphere.

SUGS in Space Engineering

For students interested in studying the scientific, engineering and management aspects of space engineering, this program, developed with Aerospace Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, allows them to structure the program to a specific area of interest. The program is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of space science and engineering and their interrelationship; to teach the systems approach to conceiving, designing, manufacturing, managing and operating complex space systems; and to provide practical experience in space system design, project development and management. Eight program concentrations are currently available: Space Science; Propulsion; Plasma Electrodynamics and Sensors; Instrumentation and Sensor Payloads; Launch Vehicles; Telemetry and Spacecraft Communication; Astrodynamics; and Computer Control and Data Handling.

The most up-to-date information on the Climate & Space SUGS programs, including example concentration course schedules is available at: Or, for more information, contact the SUGS Advisor, Sandra Pytlinski at