UAH

Atmospheric Science

The atmospheric science track prepares students for graduate school and a research career in the atmospheric sciences/meteorology.

At least 15 hours of coursework from the following list of courses.

UAH Course # Course Title (Credits) 
ESS 112 Severe and Hazardous Weather (4) (Required)
ESS 303 Classification and Physical Causes of Climates (3)
ESS/ATS 401  Survey of Atmospheric Science (3) (Required)
ESS/ATS 410 Operational Weather Forecasting (3)
ESS/ATS 420 Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution (3)
ESS/ATS 441 Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Cloud Physics (3)
ESS/ATS 451 Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics I (3)
ESS/ATS 452 Synoptic Meteorology (3)
ESS/ATS 454 Forecasting Mesoscale Processes (3)
ESS/ATS 461 Atmospheric Radiation I (3)
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PH 111/114, PH 112/115, PH 113/116, CH 121/125, CH 123/126, MA 171, 172, 201, 238 and CS 102 are required ancillary courses, some of which may satisfy General Education Requirements.  

    • Suggested Minor: Mathematics
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    • American Meteorological Society statement of what a Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science should contain: pdf
    • Students pursuing employment with the National Weather Service (NWS) should take coursework that satisfies the federal civil service requirements for meteorologist positions: link


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Sample Four-Year Plan: Earth Systems Science Major

Atmospheric Science Specialty, Math Minor option

Year 1

Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
EH 101 Freshmen Composition GER 3 EH 102 Freshmen Composition GER 3
ESS 111 Climate and Global Change 4 ESS 201 Physical Geology 4
MA 112 Precalculus Algebra 3 MA 113 Precalculus Trigonometry 3
FYE 101 First Year Experience 1 BYS 119 Principles of Biology 4
CM 113 Intro Rhetorical Communicat GER 3 CS 102 Intro to C Programming GER 3
Total 14 Total 17

Year 2

Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
CH 121/125 General Chemistry I/Lab 3/1 CH 123/126 General Chemistry II/Lab 3/1
PHL 202 Introduction to Ethics GER 3 PH 111/114 General Physics w. Calc I/Lab 3/1
MA 171 Calculus A 4 MA 172 Calculus B 4
*Area II, IV, or V GER 3 ESS 112 Severe & Hazardous Weather 3
Area II, IV, or V GER 3 ESS 305 Hydrology 3
Total 17 Total 18

Year 3

Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
ESS 401 Survey of Atmospheric Science 3 ESS 370 Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
MA 244 Linear Algebra 3 ESS 461 Atmospheric Radiation I 3
MA 201 Calculus C 4 EDD 452 Synoptic Meteorology 3
MA 238 Applied Differential Equations 3 PH 113/116 General Physics w/ Calc III/Lab 3/1
PH 112/115 General Physics w/ Calc II/Lab 3/1 Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Total 17 Total 16

Year 4

Fall Hrs Spring Hrs
ESS 441 Atmospheric Thermo & Cld Physics 3 ESS 454 Forecasting Mesoscale Processes 3
ESS 451 Atmospheric Fluid Dynamics I 3 ESS 499 UG Research 3
ESS 321 Pollution Problems 3 MA 3XX or 4XX 3
EH 301 Tech Writing GER 3 Area II, IV, or V GER  3
MA 385 Intro to Probability 3 Area II, IV, or V GER  3
Area II, IV, or V GER 3
Total 18 Total 15
Grand Total 128+

*Area II, IV or V General Education Requirements (GER):  See Earth Systems Science major, General education requirements course listings for appropriate course selections.