Curriculum Requirements

Atmospheric Science
ATM 103Survey of Modern Meteorology3
ATM 118Current Weather Topics2
ATM 220Climate And Global Change 13
or ATM 307 Introduction To The Physics Of Climate
ATM 243Weather Forecasting3
ATM 265Atmospheric Chemistry3
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
Other Required Courses
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MTH 161Calculus I 24
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II 24
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 224Introduction to Probability and Statistics 33
MTH 211Calculus III3
or MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 33
or MTH 320 Introduction to Numerical Analysis
PHY 205University Physics I3
PHY 206University Physics II3
PHY 207University Physics III3
PHY 208University Physics II Lab1
Atmospheric Science, Mathematics, or Science Course3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
300+ Level Electives6
Recommended courses include:
Advanced Principles In Broadcasting Meteorology
Introduction To The Physics Of Climate
Scientific Programming In The Atmospheric Sciences
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Additional Electives16
Total Credit Hours120

Both ATM 220 and ATM 307 may be taken for full credit.


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


Broadcast meteorology majors must take either MTH 224 or MTH 311/MTH 320, but are not required to take both.


500-level courses are open to undergraduates but typically offered on the RSMAS campus. For Broadcast Meteorology double-majors and minors, the electives may be taken from the School of Communications.

Sample Plan with Math Minor

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
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
ATM 118 Current Weather Topics 2
ATM 265 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
ATM 243 Weather Forecasting 3
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
PHY 205 University Physics I 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours16
ATM 303 Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation 3
CSC 120 Computer Programming I 4
PHY 206 University Physics II 3
PHY 208 University Physics II Lab 1
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours14
Junior Year
ATM 305 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus 3
PHY 207 University Physics III 3
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours15
ATM 405 Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Elective #7 3
Elective #8 3
Elective #9 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
ATM 406 Atmospheric Dynamics II 3
ATM 407 Weather Analysis 4
MTH 224 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
Elective #10 3
Elective #11 3
 Credit Hours16
ATM 409 Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing 3
ATM/MTH/Science Course 3
Elective #12 3
Elective #13 3
Elective #14 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122

 14 elective courses include:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities Cognate courses
  • 3 People and Society Cognate courses
  • 2 Courses (6 credits) that must be 300 level or higher