Sample Course Sequence

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences teaches some of the undergraduate courses on two year rotation to provide a larger number of elective courses for our students.  As a result, students entering our program in an even year will have a slightly different mix of elective courses than those entering the program in an odd year. 

Note: This is just a sample.  Log into DARS/GPS (in CIS) and meet with your academic advisor to fit a program of study with your academic record.

First Year (Fall Semester) 16.0 units

  • ATMOS 1010: Severe and Unusual Weather (3)
  • MATH 1210: Calculus I (4)
  • WRTG 2010: Intermediate Writing (3)
  • General Education: BF (3)
  • General Education: DV/FF (3)

First Year (Spring Semester) 15.0 units

  • ATMOS 1020: Climate Change (3)
  • CHEM 1210: General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 1215: General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • MATH 1220: Calculus II (4)
  • General Education: HF (3)

Second Year (Fall Semester) 14.0 units

  • ATMOS 3000: Professional Development in the Atmospheric Sciences (1.5)
  • ATMOS 5020: Environmental Programming (1.5)
  • MATH 2210: Calculus III (3)
  • PHYS 2210: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (4)
  • PHYS 2215: Physics Laboratory for Scientists and Engineers I (1)
  • General Education: AI (3)

Second Year (Spring Semester) 17-17.5 units

  • ATMOS 3010: Weather Forecasting (1.5)
  • ATMOS 3100: Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution (3) or ATMOS 3200: Mountain Weather and Climate (3)
  • ATMOS 5040: Environmental Statistics (1.5) or ATMOS 5050: Environmental Instrumentation (2)
  • MATH 2250: Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra (3)
  • PHYS 2220: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4)
  • General Education: BF (3)

Third Year (Fall Semester) 15.0 units

  • ATMOS 5000: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences (3)
  • General Education: HF (3)
  • General Education: FF (3)
  • Technical Elective (3)
  • Atmospheric Sciences Elective(s) (3)

Third Year (Spring Semester) 16-16.5 units

  • ATMOS 3100: Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution (3) or ATMOS 3200: Mountain Weather and Climate (3)
  • ATMOS 5040: Environmental Statistics (1.5) or ATMOS 5050: Environmental Instrumentation (2)
  • ATMOS 5100: Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology (3)
  • ATMOS 5130: Physical Meteorology I: Thermodynamics (1.5)
  • ATMOS 5140: Physical Meteorology II: Atmospheric Radiation (1.5)
  • ATMOS 5900: Capstone Experience (1)
  • Technical Elective (3)
  • Atmospheric Sciences Elective(s) (1.5)

Fourth Year (Fall Semester) 14.0 units

  • ATMOS 5110: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology (3)
  • ATMOS 5120: Weather Discussion (1)
  • ATMOS 5900: Capstone Project (1)
  • Technical Electives (6)
  • Atmospheric Sciences Electives (3)

Fourth Year (Spring Semester) 15.0 units

  • Technical Electives (9)
  • Atmospheric Sciences Electives (3)
  • Upper Division Communication/Writing Course (3)