University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

About the Mayagüez University Campus (RUM)

112 years of educational excellence

The Campus is part of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) system, and was founded in 1911. It has four academic units: the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Business Administration. The College of Agricultural Sciences is the oldest one and includes the Agricultural Experimental Stations and the Agricultural Extension Service, which is a community service unit. It also has a Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. The College of Engineering has five Departments and The College of Arts and Sciences has 13 Departments. UPRM has approximately 12,000 students in an urban campus of 315 acres.

Physics Department

The Physics Department offers two different undergraduate degrees, a Master’s in Physics and three different Curricular Sequences in: Astronomy, Atmospheric Science and Meteorology and Physics (for non majors). There are 18 full-time faculty with specialties that include: experimental and theoretical condensed matter, experimental and theoretical high-energy/particle physics, geofluid dynamics, astrophysics, computational physics and physics education.

Atmospheric Science and Meteorology

This program consists of a 25-credit Curricular Sequence (CS) available to any student enrolled in a natural science or engineering major. The curriculum includes the core courses of a typical meteorology program and is essentially a second major:

  • Introductory Meteorology
  • Meteorological Measurements
  • Atmospheric Thermodynamics
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Dynamics I
  • Dynamics II
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Meteorology

In addition to the coursework, the students are encouraged to seek internship opportunities offered by our own program and many other external organizations. Most students complete their CS with multiple internship experiences. These learning experiences complement their classroom work and have become an integral part of their educational experience at UPRM.

Puerto Rico Climate Office

This office is housed by the College of Arts and Sciences at UPRM and it shares physical, administrative and computational resources with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network. It has a mission to advance knowledge, educate, and communicate reliable climate information to all stakeholders in Puerto Rico. It employs students to work on research questions and develop online visualization tools for our climate database, which covers the period of 1900 to the present.

Dr. Héctor Jiménez , Lead Investigator

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