Sample Four Year Plan

This sample shows just one possible pathway to earning a Bachelor of Science degree with an atmospheric sciences major in four years. This plan does not replace the advice of your advisor, and you are cautioned to meet regularly with your advisor and the Atmospheric Science Program Coordinator to create a personalized plan that matches your particular circumstances rather than following this verbatim.

The information below also reflects the degree requirements for students who began their college education in Fall of 2013 or later. If you started college coursework prior to Fall of 2013, your degree requirements may be different. This sample assumes no high school Foreign Language was taken and that the student placed into college-level English and into College Algebra (Math 116) and Trigonometry (Math 117) (Math Placement Level B.)

If your math placement test results are higher and allow you to start in Math 231, you can accelerate portions of this plan. More substantial modifications are necessary and time to graduation may be longer if your math placement test result indicates a start in Intermediate Algebra (Math 105) or lower. You are encouraged to contact the Atmospheric Science Program Coordinator for more information regarding these modifications.

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

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
MATH 116
College Algebra
3
MATH 117
Trigonometry
2
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
1st semester Foreign Language
3-5
CHEM 102
General Chemistry (NS+)
5
Spring Credits
MATH 231
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (QL-B) (NS)
4
ATM SCI 100
Survey of Meteorology (NS+)
3
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
2nd semester Foreign Language
3-5
COMPSCI 151
Introduction to Scientific Programming in Fortran
3
Year 2
Fall Credits
PHYSICS 209
Physics I (Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
and PHYSICS 214
Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
5
MATH 232
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
4
L&S Social Science/International
3
OWC-B course
3
L&S Humanities/Cultural Diversity
3
Spring Credits
PHYSICS 210
Physics II (Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
and PHYSICS 215
Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
5
MATH 233
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
4
L&S Humanities/International
3
Arts GER
3
ATM SCI 240
Introduction to Meteorology (NS)
3
Year 3
Fall Credits
ATM SCI 351
Dynamic Meteorology I (NS)
3
ATM SCI 360
Synoptic Meteorology I (NS)
4
MATH 234
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
4
L&S Humanities
3
L&S Social Science/Interational
3
Spring Credits
ATM SCI 352
Dynamic Meteorology II (NS)
3
ATM SCI 361
Synoptic Meteorology II (NS)
4
L&S Humanities
3
MATH 320
Introduction to Differential Equations
3
Atm Sci or Math elective
3-4
Year 4
Fall Credits
ATM SCI 330
Air-Pollution Meteorology (NS)
3
ATM SCI 350
Atmospheric Thermodynamics (NS)
3
Atm Sci or Math elective
3-4
L&S Social Science
3
Elective
3
Spring Credits
ATM SCI 464
Physical Meteorology: Cloud Physics (NS)
3
ATM SCI 511
Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing (NS)
3
ATM SCI 599
Capstone Experience
1
Atm Sci or Math elective
3-4
L&S Social Science
3

Legend
(A) Arts (Int’l) International GER
(HU) Humanities GER (QL-A) Quantitative Literacy A
(NS) Natural Science GER (QL-B) Quantitative Literacy B
(SS) Social Science GER (OWC-A) Oral and Written Communication A
(CD) Cultural Diversity (OWC-B) Oral and Written Communication B