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Major Programs in Atmospheric Science

The most recent version of our programs can be found at McGill's Course Calendar website.

Major Atmospheric Sciences (61 credits)

The Major program satisfies the requirements for a professional career as a meteorologist, and like the Honours program equips the student to undertake postgraduate study in meteorology, atmospheric science, and related sciences (for example, physical oceanography) at any of the leading universities. The most up-to-date program information is always found at McGill's course calendar website.

The Major program also offers an Atmospheric Chemistry Option.

Required courses (46 credits)

ATOC 214 Intro:Physics of the Atmosph 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 215 Oceans, Weather and Climate 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 309 Weather Radars and Satellites 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 315 Thermodynamics and Convection 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 412 Course not available

ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 541 Synoptic Meteorology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 546 Current Weather Discussion 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP 208 Computers in Engineering 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 223 Linear Algebra 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 314 Advanced Calculus 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 315 Ordinary Differential Eqns 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 230 Dynamics of Simple Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 232 Heat and Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 257 Experimental Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses (15 credits)

Statistics requirement

3-6 credits from the following courses. Students usually take MATH 203 or both MATH 323 and MATH 324

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 323 Probability 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 324 Statistics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Physics requirement

3 credits selected from:

PHYS 333 Thermal & Statistical Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 340 Majors Electricity & Magnetism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

General requirement

6 - 9 credits selected from the following

ATOC 419 Advances in Chem of Atmosphere 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 515 Turbulence in Atmosph&Oceans 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 521 Cloud Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 525 Atmospheric Radiation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 419 Course not available

GEOG 322 Environmental Hydrology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GEOG 372 Running Water Environments 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 317 Numerical Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 319 Intro to Partial Diff Equas 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 423 Regression&Anal of Variance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 555 Fluid Dynamics 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 241 Signal Processing 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 331 Topics in Classical Mechanics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 340 Majors Electricity & Magnetism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 342 Majors Electromagnetic Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 432 Physics of Fluids 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Restrictions

Atmospheric Chemistry Option (61 credits)

Required Courses (55 credits)

ATOC 214 Intro:Physics of the Atmosph 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 215 Oceans, Weather and Climate 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 309 Weather Radars and Satellites 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 315 Thermodynamics and Convection 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 412 Course not available

ATOC 419 Advances in Chem of Atmosphere 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 541 Synoptic Meteorology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 546 Current Weather Discussion 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 223 Intro Phys Chem 1 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 243 Intro Phys Chem 2 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 253 Intro Phys Chem 1 Lab 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 263 Intro Phys Chem 2 Lab 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 419 Course not available

COMP 208 Computers in Engineering 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 223 Linear Algebra 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 314 Advanced Calculus 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 315 Ordinary Differential Eqns 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 230 Dynamics of Simple Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 232 Heat and Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 257 Experimental Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Restrictions


Complementary Courses (6 credits)

Statistics requirement (3 credits)

3 credits from the following

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 324 Statistics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

General Complementary Courses

3 credits from

ATOC 515 Turbulence in Atmosph&Oceans 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 521 Cloud Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 525 Atmospheric Radiation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 307 Course not available

CHEM 367 Instrumental Analysis 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 367 Instrumental Analysis 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 575 Chemical Kinetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC 542 Chemical Oceanography 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 317 Numerical Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 319 Intro to Partial Diff Equas 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 423 Regression&Anal of Variance 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 241 Signal Processing 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 331 Topics in Classical Mechanics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 333 Thermal & Statistical Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 340 Majors Electricity & Magnetism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 342 Majors Electromagnetic Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Joint Atmospheric Science - Physics (67 credits)

This Major provides a solid basis for postgraduate study in meteorology, atmospheric physics, or related fields, as well as the necessary preparation for embarking on a professional career as a meteorologist directly after the B.Sc.

The program is jointly administered by the Department of Physics and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Students should consult undergraduate advisers in both departments.

Required Courses (64 credits)

ATOC 214 Intro:Physics of the Atmosph 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 215 Oceans, Weather and Climate 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 309 Weather Radars and Satellites 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 315 Thermodynamics and Convection 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 412 Course not available

ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 541 Synoptic Meteorology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 546 Current Weather Discussion 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 223 Linear Algebra 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 314 Advanced Calculus 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 315 Ordinary Differential Eqns 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 230 Dynamics of Simple Systems 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 232 Heat and Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 257 Experimental Methods 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 258 Experimental Methods 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 331 Topics in Classical Mechanics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 333 Thermal & Statistical Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 339 Measurements Lab in Gen Phys 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 340 Majors Electricity & Magnetism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 342 Majors Electromagnetic Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 446 Majors Quantum Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses (3 credits)

Students select one of the following courses

PHYS 432 Physics of Fluids 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 434 Optics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 439 Majors Lab in Modern Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer