Degree Requirements

Major in Atmospheric Sciences

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 and Science Degree Requirements.

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

Requirements

Preparatory Curriculum (33-34 credits)
  • Chem 102 - General Chemistry, 5 credits
  • Comp Sci 151 - Introduction to Scientific Programming in Fortran, 3 credits
  • Math 231 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits
  • Math 232 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, 4 credits
  • Math 233 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry III, 4 credits
  • Math 234 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, 4 credits
    or
    Math 240 - Matrices and Applications, 3 credits
  • Physics 209/214 - Physics I (Calculus Treatment), 5 credits
  • Physics 210/215 - Physics II (Calculus Treatment), 5 credits
Required Core Courses (33 credits)
  • Atm Sci 240 - Introduction to Meteorology, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 330 - Air-Pollution Meteorology, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 350 - Atmospheric Thermodynamics, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 351 - Dynamic Meteorology I, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 352 - Dynamic Meteorology II, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 360 - Synoptic Meteorology I, 4 credits
  • Atm Sci 361 - Synoptic Meteorology II, 4 credits
  • Atm Sci 464 - Cloud Physics, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 511 - Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 599 - Capstone Experience, 1 credit
  • Math 320 - Introduction to Differential Equations, 3 credits
Electives (at least 9 credits)
  • Atm Sci 460 - Mesoscale Circulations, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 470 - Tropical Meteorology, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 480 - The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 497 - Study Abroad: (Subtitle), 1-12 credits
  • Atm Sci 505 - Micrometeorology, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 500 - Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences, 3 credits
  • Atm Sci 690 - Topics in Atmospheric Sciences: (Subtitle), 1-3 credits
  • Math 313 - Linear Programming and Optimization, 3 credits
  • Math 315 (314) - Mathematical Programming and Optimization, 3 credits
  • Math 321 - Vector Analysis, 3 credits
  • Math 322 - Introduction to Partial Differential Equations, 3 credits
  • Math 405 - Mathematical Models and Applications, 3 credits
  • Math 413 - Introduction to Numerical Analysis, 3 credits
  • Math 415 - Introduction to Scientific Computing, 3 credits
  • Math 417 (416) - Computational Linear Algebra, 3 credits
  • Math 471 - Introduction to the Theory of Probability, 3 credits
  • Math 521 - Advanced Calculus I, 3 credits
  • Math 522 - Advanced Calculus II, 3 credits
  • Math 535 - Linear Algebra, 3 credits
  • Math 571 - Introduction to Probability Models, 3 credits
  • Math 581 - Introduction to the Theory of Chaotic Dynamical Systems, 3 credits
  • Math 601 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics I, 3 credits
  • Math 602 - Advanced Engineering Mathematics II, 3 credits
  • Math 615 - Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations for Scientific Computing, 3 credits
  • Math 617 - Optimization, 3 credits
  • MthStat 361 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I, 3 credits
  • MthStat 362 - Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II, 3 credits
  • MthStat 467 - Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students, 3 credits
  • MthStat 563 - Regression Analysis, 3 credits
  • MthStat 564 - Time Series Analysis, 3 credits
Capstone Experience (1 credit)

Students in all majors and major options in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must complete a "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. For Actuarial Science majors, the capstone is Math 599. For Atmospheric Science majors, the capstone is Atm Sci 599. Mathematics majors may choose either Math 599 or Math 575. Students must obtain consent of a professor to enroll in Atm Sci 599 or Math 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. 3.000 cumulative GPA in all UWM graded credits;
  2. 3.500 GPA over all UWM courses counting toward the Atmospheric Sciences major;
  3. 3.500 GPA over all upper division UWM courses counting toward the Atmospheric Sciences major; and 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 Mathematical Sciences Department during their last semester of study.



Additional Requirements

Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.