Curriculum Requirements

Atmospheric Science
ATM 103Survey of Modern Meteorology3
ATM 118Current Weather Topics2
ATM 220Climate And Global Change3
or ATM 307 Introduction To The Physics Of Climate
ATM 243Weather Forecasting3
ATM 303Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation3
ATM 305Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATM 405Atmospheric Dynamics I3
ATM 406Atmospheric Dynamics II3
ATM 407Weather Analysis4
ATM 409Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing3
Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MSC 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 302Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab1
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
or MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Select 9 credit hours of MSC electives, of which at least 6 must be at the 300-level or higher9
Other Required Courses
Select one of the following:5
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
CHM 111Principles of Chemistry I 23
CHM 112Principles of Chemistry II3
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHM 114Chemistry Laboratory II1
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
Choose one of the following:3-5
The Earth System
and Earth Processes Lab
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
MSC 204Environmental Statistics3
or MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MTH 161Calculus I 14
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II 14
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 310Multivariable Calculus3
or MTH 211 Calculus III
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
Select one of the following:10
Option 1:
University Physics I
University Physics II
University Physics III
University Physics II Lab
Option 2:
University Physics I for the Sciences
University Physics II for the Sciences
College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics Laboratory II
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Total Credit Hours128-130

Calculus I and II must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher. 


Principles of Chemistry I must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher.

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ATM 103 Survey of Modern Meteorology 3
ATM 220 Climate And Global Change 3
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours17
ATM 118 Current Weather Topics 2
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore Year
ATM 243 Weather Forecasting 3
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
CHM 112 Principles of Chemistry II 3
CHM 114 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours16
ATM 303 Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
MSC 204 or MTH 224 Environmental Statistics
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
ATM 305 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours15
ATM 405 Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CSC 120 Computer Programming I 4
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
ATM 406 Atmospheric Dynamics II 3
ATM 407 Weather Analysis 4
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MSC 216 or 232 Chemical Oceanography Laboratory
or Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
MSC Course 3
Elective #5 3
 Credit Hours17
ATM 409 Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing 3
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MSC Course 3
MSC Course 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours129

 6 elective courses must include:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities Cognate courses
  • 3 People and Society Cognate courses