Emissions from human activities have repercussions on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems as well as on local and global economics. These emissions, often dispersed over wide areas at low concentrations, can have profound and complex effects on human health. Recognition of such ubiquitous impacts has resulted in significant state and federal legislation and international initiatives that redefine how people live, work, and define their quality of life.

Air Resources Management (ARM) was introduced in 1993 to help meet the nationwide need in government, business, and industry for professionals in air quality management. This need stemmed in part from the adoption across the country of stringent air quality laws and regulations, notably the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and their state and local counterparts.

ARM prepares students for professional air quality management work in government, business, and industry. ARM addresses air management issues at the local and ecosystem scales through interdisciplinary studies in science, economics, health, engineering, ecology, and policy. It acquaints students with a carefully planned mix of pertinent topics, including air system behavior, multimedia issues, regulation, analysis, planning, design, and control.

ARM welcomes students in any doctoral degree program at UW–Madison. Students pursuing ARM are expected to have completed at least one college-level course in physics; chemistry; biology or environmental science; economics; social science in the area of government, law, institutions, or organizations; and calculus or another mathematics course beyond college algebra. Prerequisites may be waived upon recommendation of the ARM faculty.

Required Courses
ENVIR ST 539 Air Resources Science and Policy3
CIV ENGR 423 Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control3
ENVIR ST 761 Colloquium in Air Pollution1
The following are approved elective courses. Students may propose other courses for the elective requirements that do not appear on this list. Courses must be approved by their advisor and the ARM chair:
Skills and Methods Electives
Benefit-Cost Analysis
Environmental Economics
Special Topics in the Environment: Biological Aspects of Envir St ((Topic: Air Pollution Impacts on Vegetation))
Energy Economics
Applications of Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resources
An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Environmental Law
Statistical Methods for Bioscience I
Advanced Electives
Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean I
Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean I
Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Pollution
Atmospheric Chemistry
Earth System Science Seminar
Mass Transfer Operations
Solid and Hazardous Wastes Engineering
Special Topics in Water Chemistry
Special Topics in Environmental Engineering
Government and Natural Resources
Special Topics in the Environment: Biological Aspects of Envir St ((Topic: Risk and the Environment))
Environmental Law, Toxic Substances, and Conservation
Societal Risk Management of Technological Hazards
Applied Combustion
Advanced Experimental Instrumentation
Total Credits10