Sample Four-Year Plan

This sample four-year plan shows just one possible pathway to earning an Atmospheric Science Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in four years. This plan does not replace your advisor’s advice, however, and we encourage you to meet regularly with your advisor and the Atmospheric Science Program Chair to create a personalized plan that matches your particular circumstances rather than following this plan verbatim.

This sample plan reflects the degree requirements if you began college in 2021-22. If you began before Fall 2021, your requirements are identical apart from replacing CompSci 202 with CompSci 151. This sample plan assumes that you placed into college-level English (English 100 or 101) and Precalculus (Math 115) but that you did not complete any foreign-language classes in high school.

What if you placed into a different math course than Precalculus (Math 115)? If you placed into Math 231 or higher, you can accelerate portions of this plan, possibly allowing you to complete the major in three years! If you placed into Math 98+108 or Math 105, not to worry – you’ll just complete our major’s Math (before Math 320) and Physics courses one semester later than indicated below, but you’ll still be able to graduate in four years.

To clarify any requirements or get help in designing a four-year plan specific to your interests, please contact the Atmospheric Science Program Chair.

Sample Study Plan

Year 1
Fall Credits
MATH 115
Precalculus
4
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 202
Introductory Programming Using Python
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
Elective
3
ATM SCI 352
Dynamic Meteorology II (NS)
3
ATM SCI 361
Synoptic Meteorology II (NS)
4
L&S Humanities
3
Atm Sci or Math elective
3-4
Year 4
Fall Credits
MATH 320
Introduction to Differential Equations
3
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
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