Honour Programs in Atmospheric Science

The Honours 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.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Atmospheric Science(74 Credits)

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

Program Requirement:

72-74 credits

Students can be admitted to the Honours program after completion of the U1 year of the Major in Atmospheric Science program with a minimum GPA of 3.30. Students having completed a U1 year in a different program with high standing may be admitted to the Honours program on the recommendation of that department.

A minimum GPA of 3.30 in the Honours program courses (taken as a whole) is required to remain in the program. A CGPA of 3.30 on the total program is also required to graduate with honours.

Required Courses (27 credits)


  • ATOC 214 Intro:Physics of the Atmosph 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

  • ATOC 480 Honours Research Project 3 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


Complementary Courses (47 credits)

45-47 credits

Note: Students are required to fulfill the core complementary requirements along with one of the four streams listed below. In cases of overlap, each course can only be used once toward the satisfaction of the core complementary courses or the chosen stream.



    Core (24 credits)

    3-6 credits selected from:


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

    • ATOC 219 Intro to Atmospheric Chemistry 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • CHEM 219 Intro to Atmospheric Chemistry 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years*
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    * Students may take ATOC 219 or CHEM 219 but not both.


    3 credits selected from:


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

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


    3 credits selected from:


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

    • PHYS 251 Honours Classical Mechanics 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    3 credits selected from:


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

    • PHYS 253 Thermal Physics 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    3 credits selected from:


    • CHEM 213 Introductory Phys Chem1:Thermo 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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


    6-9 credits selected from:


    • CHEM 273 Intro Phys Chem2:Kinetics&Meth 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

    • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 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 323 Probability 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MATH 324 Statistics 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 350 Hons Electricity & Magnetism 3 Credits**
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHYS 352 Honours Electromagnetic Waves 3 Credits***
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    * Students cannot receive credit for both MATH 203 and MATH 324.
    ** Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 340 and PHYS 350.
    *** Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 342 and PHYS 352.


    Weather Analysis and Forecasting Stream (23 credits)

    (22-23 credits)
    16 credits from:


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

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

    • ATOC 521 Cloud Physics 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


    6-7 credits selected from:


    • ATOC 404 Climate Physics 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 525 Atmospheric Radiation 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ATOC 530 Paleoclimate Dynamics 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ATOC 531 Dynamics of Current Climates 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

    • ESYS 300 Investigating the Earth System 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ESYS 301 Earth System Modelling 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • MATH 555 Fluid Dynamics 4 CreditsTaught only in alternate years++
        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

    + Students cannot receive credit for both ATOC 404 and PHYS 404.
    ++ Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 432 or MATH 555.


    Climate Science Stream (22 credits)

    (21-22 credits)
    15 credits from:


    • 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 531 Dynamics of Current Climates 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

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

    + Students cannot receive credit for both ATOC 404 and PHYS 404.
    Students cannot receive credit for both MATH 203 and MATH 324.


    6-7 credits (3 of which must be ATOC) selected from:


    • 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 530 Paleoclimate Dynamics 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 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

    • EPSC 513 Climate and the Carbon Cycle 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

    • ESYS 300 Investigating the Earth System 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ESYS 301 Earth System Modelling 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 CreditsTaught only in alternate years++
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

    + Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 432 or MATH 555.


    Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Stream (21 credits)

    15 credits from:


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

    • ATOC 519 Advances in Chem of Atmosphere 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

    • CHEM 213 Introductory Phys Chem1:Thermo 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • CHEM 273 Intro Phys Chem2:Kinetics&Meth 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    6 credits selected from:


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

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

    • ATOC 530 Paleoclimate Dynamics 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

    • ATOC 558 Numerical Methods & Laboratory 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 513 Climate and the Carbon Cycle 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

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

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

    + Student cannot receive credit for both ATOC 404 and PHYS 404.


    General Stream (22 credits)

    21-22 credits (at least 15 of which must be ATOC) selected from:


    • ATOC 309 Weather Radars and Satellites 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 519 Advances in Chem of Atmosphere 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

    • ATOC 530 Paleoclimate Dynamics 3 CreditsTaught only in alternate years
        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 546 Current Weather Discussion 1 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

    • 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 513 Climate and the Carbon Cycle 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

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

    • ESYS 300 Investigating the Earth System 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • ESYS 301 Earth System Modelling 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 CreditsTaught only in alternate years++
        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

    + Students cannot receive credit for both ATOC 404 and PHYS 404.
    ++ Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 432 or MATH 555.