Atmospheric Science BS

The Bachelor of Science program in Atmospheric Sciences addresses the needs of students interested in studying meteorology or climate science. The program provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the physical characteristics, motions and processes of air; as well as the interactions of this protective layer with the underlying oceans and continents. The undergraduate program emphasizes a systems approach, combining traditional atmospheric sciences with emerging fields. In particular, the program focuses on the fields of tropical meteorology and oceanography that are directly linked to the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding coastal regions where the university is strategically located.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Possess a broad understanding of the field of atmospheric sciences in preparation for successful careers in related disciplines;
  2. Gain experience and professional competence in the use of scientific method to develop and conduct atmospheric sciences related work;
  3. Acquire the necessary skills to effectively communicate the meteorology and climate sciences information to a range of audiences and participate in community and/or professional service through various organizations.
Requirements of the Undergraduate Atmospheric Sciences Major
The Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences degree requires a minimum of 120 semester credit hours: 42 are from designated University Core Curriculum Program courses, 60 are from atmospheric sciences core courses and 18 are from career track courses. The atmospheric sciences core provides students with a broad background in meteorology and climate sciences, and satisfy the requirements for federal employment as a National Weather Service meteorologist (also referred to as NOAA GS1340 positions). The students can choose a career track in either general atmospheric sciences or broadcast meteorology. Students should select a career track as soon as possible after they complete their freshman year and well before they begin their junior year.