Sample Four-Year Plan

This sample four-year plan shows just one possible pathway to earning an Atmospheric Science B.S. degree in four years following the major’s 2022-onward degree requirements. We encourage you to meet regularly with our advisor, Kristina Schell, to personalize this plan to match your circumstances and interests!

This sample plan assumes that you placed into college-level English and Precalculus, but did not complete any foreign-language classes in high school. Portions of this plan can be accelerated if you placed into Math 231 or higher; conversely, some reordering of the Math and Physics courses is necessary if you placed into Math 98/108 or Math 105.

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

Year 1
Fall Credits
ATM SCI 101
Introductory Atmospheric Science Seminar
1
MATH 115
Precalculus (QL-A)
4
CHEM 102
General Chemistry (NS+)
5
ENGLISH 101
Introduction to College Writing
3
Social Sciences/Cultural Diversity GER 3
Spring Credits
ATM SCI 100
Survey of Meteorology (NS+)
3
MATH 231
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (QL-B)
4
COMPSCI 202
Introductory Programming Using Python
3
ENGLISH 102
College Writing and Research (OWC-A)
3
Humanities GER 3
Year 2
Fall Credits
MATH 232
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
4
PHYSICS 209
Physics I (Calculus Treatment) (NS+)
and
PHYSICS 214
Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
5
Oral and Written Communication Part B (OWC-B) 3
Arts GER 3
Spring Credits
ATM SCI 240
Introduction to Meteorology (NS)
4
ATM SCI 250
Introduction to Climate Science (NS)
4
MATH 233
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
4
PHYSICS 210
Physics II (Calculus Treatment) (NS)
4
Year 3
Fall Credits
ATM SCI 351
Dynamic Meteorology I (NS)
3
ATM SCI 360
Synoptic Meteorology I (NS)
4
Atm Sci Elective 3
MATH 234
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
or
MATH 240
Matrices and Applications
3-4
Spring Credits
ATM SCI 352
Dynamic Meteorology II (NS)
3
ATM SCI 361
Synoptic Meteorology II (NS)
4
Atm Sci Elective 3
Humanities GER 3
Social Sciences GER 3
Year 4
Fall Credits
ATM SCI 330
Air-Pollution Meteorology (NS)
3
ATM SCI 350
Atmospheric Thermodynamics (NS)
3
Atm Sci Elective 3
MATH 320
Introduction to Differential Equations
3
1st Semester Foreign Language 3-5
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 Elective 3
Atm Sci Elective 3
2nd Semester Foreign Language 3-5