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Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences: Atmospheric Sciences Emphasis

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Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences: Atmospheric Sciences Emphasis

Bachelor of Science

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The Atmospheric Sciences subplan will allow students to focus on various weather, climate, and hydrometeorological phenomena that impact our daily lives, property, businesses, military operations, and even physical and mental health.  Areas of applications for Atmospheric Scientists occur in the topics of weather/climate analysis, atmospheric chemistry, radiation and remote sensing, climate change, severe weather, and planetary science.  One of the unique parts of this subplan includes the link to what happens when precipitation hits the Earth’s surface as well.  Students will participate in various hydrology courses in order to more fully understand the impacts of precipitation on the ground.  This degree adheres to the requirements of the National Weather Service (NWS), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  The program allows students to work in the areas of meteorology, forensic meteorology, climate forecasting, solar and wind forecasting, environmental science and conservation, air quality, drought and flood monitoring, insurance, the military, and so much more!

Major Details

College: College of Science
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
Second Semester Language Course 4
GE Substantial Math Strand (First-Semester Calculus or Calculus I) 3
Introductory Chemistry I (Lecture + Lab) 4
ENGL 101- First-Year Composition 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129- Calculus II 3
Introductory Chemistry II (Lecture + Lab) 4
PHYS 141- Introductory Mechanics 4
ENGL 102- First-Year Composition II 3
3rd Semester
MATH 223- Vector Calculus 4
HWRS 350- Principles of Hydrology 3
GEOG 330- Introduction to Remote Sensing 3
Tier I General Education 3
PHYS 142- Introduction to Optics and Thermodynamics 3
4th Semester
CSC 250- Essential Computing for the Sciences 4
MATH 254- Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
ATMO 436A- Fundamentals of Atmospheric Sciences 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
ATMO 441A- Dynamic Meteorology I 3
SIE 305- Intro to Engineering Probability & Statistics 3
GEOS 342- The History of Earth's Climate 3
Tier II General Education 3
Computational Elective Theme 3
6th Semester
Technical Elective 3
ATMO 441B- Dynamic Meteorology II 3
Technical Writing & Communication Theme 3
Tier II General Education 3
HAS Elective 3
7th Semester
ATMO 451A- Physical Meteorology I 3
ATMO 474A- Weather Analysis and Forecasting I 3
HAS Elective 3
HWRS 449- Statistical Hydrology 3
HWRS 443A- Risk Assessment for Environmental Systems 3
8th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
HWRS 495A- Current Topics in Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences 1
ATMO 474B- Weather Analysis and Forecasting II 3
Water, Policy, Law, and Economics Theme 3
HAS Elective 3
Tier I General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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