Atmospheric Sciences Course Requirements

Major Concentrations

Weather Forecasting Concentration (B.S.)

This concentration is designed for students seeking employment as meteorologists upon receiving the degree.
Required courses in the major:
43-44 hours, including ATMS 103 or 113, 205, 230, 241, 251, 261, 305, 310, 320, 350, 410, 411, 455, 464; 6-7 hours chosen from ATMS 223, 355, 405, or ENVR 338; and 3 additional hours of ATMS coursework at the 300-400 level. CSCI 181 may be substituted for ATMS 230.
Required courses outside the major:
26 hours distributed as follows: CHEM 132; MATH 191, 192, 291, 394; PHYS 221, 222.
Recommended courses: Additional courses in statistics, mathematics, hydrology, and oceanography.
Special departmental requirements:
Major competency is demonstrated by a senior comprehensive exam. Oral competency is demonstrated as part of the senior comprehensive examination. Formal preparation for this is in ATMS 410 and 411. Computer competency is demonstrated through completion of either ATMS 230 or CSCI 181. Writing and information literacy competencies are demonstrated in ATMS 464.

Climatology Concentration (B.S.)

This concentration is designed to prepare a student for advanced work in atmospheric science with an emphasis on climatology.
Required courses in the major:
43 hours, including ATMS 103 or 113, 205, 223, 230, 241, 251, 261, 305, 310, 320, 405, 410, 411, 420, 455, 464, and 3 aditional hours of ATMS coursework at the 300-400 level. CSCI 181 may be substituted for ATMS 230.
Required courses outside the major:
26 hours distributed as follows: CHEM 132; MATH 191, 192, 291, 394; PHYS 221, 222. Additional courses in statistics and mathematics are recommended.
Recommended courses: MATH 441 and STAT 321
Special departmental requirements:
Major competency is demonstrated by a senior comprehensive exam. Oral competency is demonstrated as part of the senior comprehensive examination. Formal preparation for this is in ATMS 410 and 411. Computer competency is demonstrated through completion of either ATMS 230 or CSCI 181. Writing and information literacy competencies are demonstrated in ATMS 464.

Broadcast Concentration (B.S.)

This concentration is designed for students seeking employment as broadcast meteorologists.
Required courses in the major:
37 hours, including ATMS 103 or 113, 205, 230, 241, 251, 261, 305, 310, 320, 328, 350, 410, 411, 455, and 464. CSCI 181 may be substituted for ATMS 230.
Required courses outside the major:
34 hours, including: CHEM 132; DRAM 213; MATH 191, 192, 291; MCOM 201; PHYS 221, 222; VMP 205.
Recommended courses: Courses in broadcast journalism (e.g., VMP 331).
Special departmental requirements:
Major competency is demonstrated by a senior comprehensive exam. Oral competency is demonstrated as part of the senior comprehensive examination and by the production of a taped weather forecast. Formal preparation for the senior comprehensive examination is in ATMS 410 and 411. Computer competency is demonstrated through completion of either ATMS 230 or CSCI 181. Writing and information literacy competencies are demonstrated in ATMS 464.

Atmospheric Sciences Minor

A minimum of 20 hours in atmospheric sciences to include at least 6 hours at the 100–200 level and at least 6 hours at the 300–400 level. ATMS 381–3, 490 and 499 may not be used to fulfill requirements for the minor. Students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade-point-average on all minor courses taken at UNC Asheville. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed in residence at UNC Asheville, to include at least six hours at the 300–400 level.

Second Degree in the Atmospheric Sciences

Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution other than UNC Asheville may earn a degree in atmospheric sciences from UNC Asheville by completing all course requirements for the major, but without the added requirements imposed by the Liberal Arts Core.
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