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.

Atmospheric Science (BS) Major Requirements

Preparatory Curriculum

Students in all majors in the Department of Mathematical Sciences must complete MATH 231 (or MATH 213), MATH 232, and MATH 233 (or equivalent). MATH 221 and MATH 222 are equivalent to MATH 231MATH 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.

Requirements

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 209
& PHYSICS 214
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
5
PHYSICS 210
& PHYSICS 215
Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
5
COMPSCI 151Introduction to Scientific Programming in Fortran3
Core
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
Electives
Select at least 9 credits of the following:9
ATM SCI 460
Mesoscale Circulations
ATM SCI 470
Tropical Meteorology
ATM SCI 480
The General Circulation and Climate Dynamics
ATM SCI 497
Study Abroad:
ATM SCI 500
Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
ATM SCI 505
Micrometeorology
ATM SCI 690
Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences:
MATH 313
Linear Programming and Optimization
MATH 315
Mathematical Programming and Optimization
MATH 321
Vector Analysis
MATH 322
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
MATH 405
Mathematical Models and Applications
MATH 413
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
MATH 415
Introduction to Scientific Computing
MATH 417
Computational Linear Algebra
MATH 521
Advanced Calculus I
MATH 522
Advanced Calculus II
MATH 535
Linear Algebra
MATH 571
Introduction to Probability Models
MATH 581
Introduction to the Theory of Chaotic Dynamical Systems
MATH 601
Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
MATH 602
Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
MATH 615
Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
MATH 617
Optimization
MTHSTAT 361
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics I
MTHSTAT 362
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics II
MTHSTAT 467
Introductory Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering Students
MTHSTAT 563
Regression Analysis
MTHSTAT 564
Time Series Analysis
Total Credits60