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Requirements for the degree in Atmospheric Science at the University of Louisville are shown below. Our program meets the GS-1340 standard required by the National Weather Service.  Our coursework will give you the best understanding of atmospheric science and meteorology possible, while utilizing the University's resources to generate a well-rounded education for all individuals. Below is a sample program of study.

Note:  UofL also has several minors available for atmospheric-science majors to consider, including but not limited to Communications, Environmental Analysis, and Physics.


PROGRAM IN ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE - CURRICULUM

  Semester Hours TOTAL
General Education*   34
Arts & Science Requirements   13-15
   GEN-101 1  
   Foreign Language 6-8  
   Electives in Humanities or Social Sciences 300+ Level 6
   See also: Writing Requirement (WR)

Department of Physics & Astronomy, Physics Core
 

13
   PHYS 295,296 2  
   PHYS 298,299,300 11  
Department Of Physics & Astronomy, Atmospheric Science Core   27
   PHYS-220 (Contemporary Issues in Meteorology) 3  
   PHYS-360 (Introduction to Weather Analysis) 3  
   PHYS-361 (Atmospheric Thermodynamics) 3  
   PHYS-362 (Physical Meteorology) 3  
   GEOG-355 (Remote Sensing) 3  
   PHYS-365 (Severe Weather) 3  
   PHYS-465 (Dynamic Meteorology I) 3  
   PHYS-466 (Dynamic Meteorology II) 3  
   PHYS-469 (Synoptic Meteorology)  <Culminating Undergraduate Experience> 3  
Supporting Courses   16
   MATH-205 (Calculus I) 4  
   MATH-206 (Calculus II) 4  
   MATH-301 (Calculus III) 4  
   PHYS-350 (Differential Equations for the Physical Sciences) 4  
Related Electives (9 Hours Minimum)   9
   CEE-470 (Surface Water Hydrology) 3  
   CHEM-341 (Organic Chemistry I) 3  
   CHEM-441 (Elements of Phys Chem) 3  
   GEOS-363 (Climatology) 3  
   GEOS-564 (Hydrology) 3  
   MATH-560 (Statistical Data Analysis) 3  
   PHYS-355/356 (Optics & Lab) 3/2  
   PHYS-390 (Intro to Computational Physics) 3  
   PHYS-541 (Electromagnetic Fields) 3  
   PHYS-545/546 (Advanced Optics & Lab) 3/1  
Minimum Other Electives   7-9
Minimum Total Credits**   121

*The University General Education requirement for natural sciences is 7 hours, including at least 1 lecture course with accompanying lab.  This requirement is met with the core courses in the program, reducing the effective General Education requirement to 27 hours outside the core program elements.

**The Minimum Total number of credit hours is established by the College:  Individual requirements of the program do not total to 120 credit hours.  The student may use elective courses inside or outside the major to constitute the 120 hours, under the constraints that at least 50 hours must be at the 300 level or above, and that no more than 60 hours in PHYS courses may count toward the degree.


Sample Plan of Study

Year

Fall

Spring

Summer

1 MATH-205
PHYS-220
GEN-ED
GEN-101
TOTAL
4
3
6
1
14
MATH-206
PHYS-298
PHYS-295
GEN-ED
TOTAL
4
4
1
6
15
PHYS-299
PHYS-296


TOTAL
4
1


5
2 MATH-301
PHYS-360
Language
GEN-ED

TOTAL
4
3
3
6

16
PHYS-350
PHYS-361
RELATED ELECTIVE
Language
GEN-ED
TOTAL
4
3
3
3
3
16
Internship or Research  
3 PHYS-362
PHYS 465
RELATED ELECTIVE
GEN-ED
Hum Elective
TOTAL
3
3
3
3
3
15
PHYS-365
PHYS-466
Elective
GEN-ED

TOTAL
3
3
3
6

15
Internship or Research  
4 GEOG-355
RELATED ELECTIVE
Social Science Elective
Electives

Total
3
3
3
6

15
PHYS-300
PHYS-469
Electives


Total
3
3
6


12
   
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