Atmospheric Science Major

The Department of Mathematical Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science.  In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult your advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements.

To clarify any requirements, contact the Atmospheric Science Program Coordinator.

Preparatory Curriculum

Students in all majors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must complete:

  • MATH 231, 232, and 233 (or equivalent)
  • MATH 234 (or MATH 240)

Capstone Experience

Students choosing an Atmospheric Science major in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must complete ATM SCI 599, “Capstone Experience.” The aim of the department’s capstone experience is to encourage independent learning. Students complete a research paper in the context of this course, which satisfies the L&S research requirement. Students must obtain consent of a professor to enroll in ATM SCI 599.

Honors in the Major

Students in Atmospheric Sciences who meet all of the following criteria can be awarded honors in the major upon graduation:

  1. A 3.000 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;
  2. A 3.500 GPA over all UWM courses counting toward the Atmospheric Sciences major;
  3. A 3.500 GPA over all upper division UWM courses counting toward the Atmospheric Sciences major; and
  4. Successful completion of at least two semesters of research and/or internship experiences. The research and internship experiences can include one or more of the Capstone Experience (Atm Sci 599), a directed independent study for credit (Atm Sci 699), an internship for credit (Atm Sci 695), the Atmospheric Sciences Study Abroad course (Atm Sci 297/497), undergraduate research for compensation, and participation in the Innovative Weather program at the staff level. The staff level of Innovative Weather is the third level of participation, coming after a pre-internship (several weeks in one semester) and an internship (one semester at 5-10 hours per week). Staff positions are paid, and staff members typically work around 10 hours per week during the fall or spring semesters, more in the summer session.

Students who believe they may qualify for honors in Atmospheric Sciences should apply to the Department of Mathematical Sciences during their last semester of study.

Combinations with other fields:

Professionals in the Atmospheric Sciences work extensively with computers and their careers can benefit significantly from advanced training in that field.  An Atmospheric Science major can also be profitably combined with coursework in geographic information studies (GIS), actuarial science, physics, chemistry, communication, applied mathematics, and statistics.