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Core Courses

The atmospheric science major allows flexibility of course planning by providing several choices in career direction. However, all students must begin by taking a collection of core courses that provide essential material that all atmospheric scientists should master. A grade of at least 2.0 is required in the core courses, with an overall GPA of at least 2.5.These courses are:

CSE 142 (4): Introduction to Programming
MATH 124, 125, 126 (5,5,5); (or equiv.); 324 (3) Calculus
AMATH 301 (4): Introduction to MATLAB
AMATH 351, 353 (3,3) Differential Equations
PHYS 121,122, 123 (5,5,5): One year of calculus-based Physics
ATM S 301 (5): Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences
ATM S 321 (3): Physical Climatology
ATM S 340 (3): Thermodynamics and Cloud Processes
ATM S 341 (3): Atmospheric Radiative Transfer
ATM S 358 (3): Fundamentals of Atmospheric Chemistry
ATM S 370 (5): Atmospheric Structure and Analysis
ATM S 431 (3): Boundary-Layer Meteorology
ATM S 441 (3): Atmospheric Motions I

Once the core courses are completed, a student will select additional upper-division courses, for a minimum of 19 credits of coursework at the 200 level or above. These credits should be chosen to provide a coherent, customized program that reflects the student's interests and career goals. Elective selections must be approved in advance by the department. A grade of at least 2.0 is required for all elective classes that are applied to graduation requirements.

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