Degree Requirements

Major in Atmospheric Sciences

Students must take 38 preparatory credits and 33 credits from the core curriculum. To accommodate students with varying interests and to represent the breadth of the field, atmospheric science majors also choose at least 9 elective credits from a set of courses covering specialties in atmospheric sciences (such as microscale, mesoscale, and tropical meteorology, or data analytics), applied mathematics, and statistics.

In addition to the major’s requirements, 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 first enroll at UWM. You are strongly advised to consult regularly with your Atmospheric Science faculty advisor and College of Letters & Science advisor to ensure you stay on track towards your degree. Read more about College of Letters and Science Degree Requirements.

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

Atmospheric Science (BS) Major Requirements

Preparatory Curriculum

Students in this major must complete MATH 231, MATH 232, and MATH 233 (or equivalents). MATH 221 and MATH 222 are equivalent to the sequence of MATH 231, MATH 232, and MATH 233. All majors must take either MATH 234 or MATH 240. Atmospheric Science majors must complete additional preparatory curricula, as indicated below.

Capstone Experience

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 Atmospheric Science majors, the capstone is ATM SCI 599.  Students must obtain consent of a professor to enroll in ATM SCI 599.


Students must complete at least 15 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the major in residence at UWM. The College of Letters & Science requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. The following courses are required for the atmospheric science major:

Additional Preparatory Curriculum 1
CHEM 102General Chemistry5
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
COMPSCI 202Introductory Programming Using Python3
ATM SCI 240Introduction to Meteorology3
ATM SCI 330Air-Pollution Meteorology3
ATM SCI 350Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATM SCI 351Dynamic Meteorology I3
ATM SCI 352Dynamic Meteorology II3
ATM SCI 360Synoptic Meteorology I4
ATM SCI 361Synoptic Meteorology II4
ATM SCI 464Physical Meteorology: Cloud Physics3
ATM SCI 511Seminar in Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing3
ATM SCI 599Capstone Experience1
MATH 320Introduction to Differential Equations3
Select at least 9 credits of the following:9
Mesoscale Circulations
Tropical Meteorology
The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics
Study Abroad:
Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
Data Analytics
Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences:
Linear Programming and Optimization
Mathematical Programming and Optimization
Vector Analysis
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
Mathematical Models and Applications
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Introduction to Scientific Computing
Computational Linear Algebra
Advanced Calculus I
Advanced Calculus II
Linear Algebra
Introduction to Probability Models
Introduction to the Theory of Chaotic Dynamical Systems
Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students
Regression Analysis
Time Series Analysis
Total Credits60