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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 in Atmospheric Science

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.

Written Communication - Core Skill and Critical Inquiry

  • Composition. Satisfied by ENGL 101, ACT English score of 27 or above or SAT English score of 600 or above, AP English Literature & Composition score of 3 or above, or equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed during initial term of admission at KU.
  • Critical Reading and Writing. Satisfied by ENGL 102, or ENGL 105 (Honors), AP English Literature & Composition score of 4 or above, or an equivalent transfer course. Requirement must be completed within the first academic year at KU.
  • Sophomore Reading and Writing II. Satisfied by ENGL 203, or ENGL 205 (Honors), ENGL 209, or ENGL 210 or ENGL 211, or ENGL 362, or AP English Literature & Composition score of 5 or above, or an equivalent. ENGL 362 is recommended.

Communication - Core Skills and Critical Inquiry. Satisfied by: Completing COMS 330 and COMS 130, COMS 131 (Honors), or COMS 150.

Humanities - Understanding the Human Condition. Satisfied by completing 1 course with requirement code H. Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Understanding Society and Behavior. Satisfied by completing one course with requirement code S. Approved courses may be searched for availability through the Kyou portal.

Atmospheric Science Prerequisite or Co-requisite Knowledge. Majors must complete courses as specified in each of the following areas. Majors are advised to take honors courses when eligible. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the major.

Atmospheric Science Core Knowledge and Skills. Majors must complete all of the following:

  • Introductory Meteorology (5). Satisfied by ATMO 105
  • Climate and Climate Change (3). Satisfied by ATMO 321/GEOG 321.
  • Weather Forecasting (3). Satisfied by ATMO 505.
  • Microclimatology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 521/GEOG 521.
  • Synoptic Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 630.
  • Dynamic Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 640.
  • Remote Sensing (3). Satisfied by ATMO 642.
  • Advanced Dynamic Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 660.
  • Physical Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 680.
  • Seminar for Seniors (1). Satisfied by ATMO 697.

Meteorology Option

Students selecting this major must select one of the following options:

General Meteorology Option

This option satisfies all the traditional professional meteorology requirements for employment with the National Weather Service, airlines, or other agencies.

  • Air Pollution Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 525.
  • Operational Forecasting (2). Satisfied by ATMO 605.
  • Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 650.

Air Pollution Meteorology Option

This option meets the need for trained specialists.

  • Air Pollution Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 525.
  • Foundations of Chemistry II (5). Satisfied by CHEM 188.
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (3). Satisfied by CE 477.

Hydrometeorology Option

This option may lead to a career as a meteorologist in one of the many water-related activities in private and governmental agencies.

  • Air Pollution Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 525.
  • Operational Forecasting (2). Satisfied by ATMO 605.
  • Statics and Dynamics (5). Satisfied by CE 301.
  • Fluid Mechanics (4). Satisfied by CE 330.
  • Hydrology (3). Satisfied by CE 455.

News Media Forecasting Option

This option can lead to a career forecasting the weather on television or radio.

  • Operational Forecasting (2). Satisfied by ATMO 605.
  • Advanced Synoptic Meteorology (3). Satisfied by ATMO 650.
  • Research and Writing (3). Satisfied by JOUR 301.
  • Multimedia Reporting (3). Satisfied by JOUR 415
  • Principles of Broadcasting, Cable, and New Technologies (3). Satisfied by JOUR 512.

Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 33 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 30 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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