Degree Information

Degree Requirements

Sem. Hrs.
I. First-Year Seminars (2)

II. University Core Curriculum*


III. Atmospheric Sciences Core Courses


IV. Atmospheric Sciences Career Track Courses - Electives

Total 120 (122)

I. First-Year Seminars

Full-time, first-year students are required to take these First-Year Seminar courses:

II. University Core Curriculum

*The Core Curriculum includes 42 semester credit hours, within which, MATH 2413 (Calculus I), PHYS 2425 (University Physics I) and PHYS 2426 (University Physics II) are required by the ATSC program. These three 4 semester credit hours courses will result in 3 extra semester credit hours, which may be counted as part of the Component Area Option in the University Core Curriculum. The ATSC Freshmen are encouraged to take advantage of the First-Year Writing classes (ENGL1301 & ENGL1302) as part of the First-year Learning Communities Program to give them opportunities to work together, get to know each other, and learn together.

Total: 42

Total: 60

IV. Career Tracks in Atmospheric Sciences

The atmospheric sciences program offers the general Atmospheric Sciences Track and the Broadcast Meteorologist Track. The students from both tracks will satisfy the requirements for federal employment as a National Weather Service meteorologist (also referred to as NOAA GS1340 positions). A total of 18 semester hours of electives courses are required for both career tracks.

A. Atmospheric Sciences Track

The students in the general atmospheric sciences track are required to take 18 Sem. Hrs. from the following electives.

Total: 18

B. Broadcast Meteorology Track

Those students interested in becoming broadcast meteorologists should follow the Broadcast Meteorology Track. Students in this track include COMM 1315 Public Speaking as part of their University Core and take ATSC 2101 Weathercasting. These students should take an additional 9 hours from the other electives listed below plus another 5 hours from the Atmospheric Sciences Track electives.

Students interested in English-only broadcasting need to take all 9 hours from the communication (COMM) courses. Students interested in bilingual English-Spanish broadcasting must choose 3 hours from the communication (COMM) courses, and 6 hours from the Spanish (SPAN) courses. An internship experience through COMM 4399 is highly recommended for all broadcast meteorology students, preferably during their junior or senior years.

Total: 13**

**Note: additional 5 semester hours of the electives from the general Atmospheric Sciences Track will be needed to satisfy the 18 semester hours of electives requirement.

C. Physical Science Education Concentration

Information on the physical science education concentration and requirements for teaching certification can be found in the College of Science and Technology: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of the catalog.

V. Electives

Courses may be selected from any area to accumulate a total of 120 semester hours with the required number of upper-division hours. In some cases these hours may be used to obtain a minor in another subject.