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Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science

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Students who may decide to major in atmospheric science should confer early with a departmental representative about the selection of courses.

Requirements for the B.S. Degree

4 specialized options are available for students who plan professional careers in meteorology or atmospheric science. The general meteorology option satisfies all the traditional professional meteorology requirements for employment with the National Weather Service, airlines, or other agencies. The air pollution meteorology option meets the need for trained specialists. The hydrometeorology option may lead to a career as a meteorologist in one of the many water-related activities in private and governmental agencies. The news media forecasting option can lead to a career forecasting the weather on television or radio. The B.S. degree with any of these specialties also prepares students to begin graduate programs in meteorology or atmospheric science.

General Requirements for All Options
94-95 hours
General Meteorology Option 29 hours
  • ATMO 525 Air Pollution Meteorology (3)
  • ATMO 605 Operational Forecasting (2)
  • ATMO 650 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (3)
  • Free electives (21)
Air Pollution Meteorology Option 29 hours
  • ATMO 525 Air Pollution Meteorology (3)
  • CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II (5)
  • CE 477 Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3)
  • Free electives (18)
Hydrometeorology Option 29 hours
  • ATMO 525 Air Pollution Meteorology (3)
  • ATMO 605 Operational Forecasting (2)
  • CE 301 Statics and Dynamics (5)
  • CE 330 Fluid Mechanics (4)
  • CE 455 Hydrology (3)
  • Free electives (12)
News Media Forecasting Option 29 hours
  • ATMO 605 Operational Forecasting (2)
  • ATMO 650 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (3)
  • JOUR 301 Research and Writing (3)
  • JOUR 415 Multimedia Reporting (3)
  • JOUR 512 Principles of Broadcasting, Cable, and New Technologies (3)
  • Free electives (15)

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