Major Atmospheric Science and Physics

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Atmospheric Science and Physics(69 Credits)

    Offered by:Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
    Degree:Bachelor of Science

Program Requirement:

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 (57 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 312 Rotating Fluid Dynamics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ATOC 315 Thermodynamics and Convection 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 241 Signal Processing 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 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 Course (12 credits)

At least 6 of the 12 complementary credits must come from ATOC courses.


  • ATOC 357 Atmospheric & Oceanic Sci Lab 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ATOC 404 Climate Physics 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ATOC 512 Atmospheric & Oceanic Dynamics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ATOC 513 Waves & Stability 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ATOC 515 Turbulence in Atmosph&Oceans 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
      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

  • ATOC 531 Dynamics of Current Climates 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 558 Numerical Methods & Laboratory 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ATOC 568 Ocean Physics 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

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

  • PHYS 404 Climate Physics 3 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • 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

  • PHYS 449 Majors Research Project 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

* Students cannot take both ATOC 404 and PHYS 404.