Atmospheric Science Minor

Atmospheric Science relates closely to many other science fields, including Conservation and Environmental Sciences, Freshwater Sciences, Geography, Geosciences, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering, among others! Students with an interest in the environment, natural processes, and/or computational modeling may choose an Atmospheric Science minor to supplement their studies.

Process to Declare the Minor

The first step to declare a minor in Atmospheric Science is to fill out and submit the
Declaration of Minor Form ».

Once you complete this form, the Atmospheric Science Program Chair and/or Academic Advisor will contact you to schedule an advising appointment. At that appointment, they will be able to answer your preliminary questions about the minor and help make sure you understand the program’s requirements, course offering patterns, and career outlook.

Students are welcome to declare an Atmospheric Science minor at any point in their studies. There are no formal admission requirements for the minor.


Students who declare the Atmospheric Science minor must complete at least 18 credits in atmospheric science courses, as listed below. At least 9 of the upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the minor must be obtained in residence at UWM. Students must attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM and a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The Atmospheric Science minor’s requirements are slightly different depending upon when students declared the minor, as indicated below. Students who declared the minor prior to Fall 2022 may switch to the later requirements, but students who declare the minor in Fall 2022 or later cannot switch to the earlier requirements.

Declared Prior to Fall 2022

  • ATM SCI 240, Introduction to Meteorology (4 cr)
  • ATM SCI 360, Synoptic Meteorology I (4 cr)
  • 12 additional credits from ATM SCI courses at the 300 level or above.

Declared in Fall 2022 or Later

  • ATM SCI 240, Introduction to Meteorology (4 cr)
  • 14 additional credits from ATM SCI courses, with at least 9 credits at the 300 level or above.