Atmospheric Science BS - University of Houston
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Atmospheric Science BS


The objective of the BS degree program in Atmospheric Science at the University of Houston is to prepare students for advanced careers with meteorological or environmental services, in research, in management organizations within the state or federal government, and in private industry.

The general requirements, including university core curriculum and college requirements, shall apply. In addition to the general requirements, students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science must complete the following:

Degree Requirements

Chemistry Requirements (8 hours)

Mathematics Requirements (15 hours)

Group I Electives (18 hours)

Students must complete 18 hours, selected from the following:

Group II Electives (12 hours)

Students must complete an additional 12 hours of approved electives.  See advisor for list. 

Other core requirements, excluding capstone (30 hours)

Electives, including course(s) required for capstone (3 hours)

Total (minimum number of hours): 120

A student who obtains a BS in Atmospheric Science cannot obtain a minor in Atmospheric Science.

Geosciences courses are commonly offered on a one- or two-year cycle. Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with course scheduling and the prerequisites for courses and to consult with the undergraduate advisor regularly.

The Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 hours, at least 36 of which are to be advanced hours. Students must earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses attempted at the university. In addition, students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in all courses in the major attempted at the university. Students must have no more than 6 semester hours with grades below C- in all courses attempted in the major, which includes all the GEOL courses and Group 1 and Group 2 Electives. Any student exceeding that limit must retake sufficient courses and obtain acceptable grades.

Capstone Requirement

All students in NSM must complete the Capstone requirement. Students may satisfy the Capstone in a number of ways, e.g. by completing an approved minor, a double major, a senior research project, a senior honors thesis, or 6 hours of NSM-designated interdisciplinary capstone courses (e.g. GEOL 3355-GEOL 3360).

Departmental Requirements

No GEOL course with a grade below C- can be used as a prerequisite for a more advanced GEOL course.

Students with more than 6 hours in GEOL courses with grades below C- are not allowed to enroll in subsequent GEOL courses without written permission from the undergraduate advisor.

Note that all undergraduate majors should meet with the Faculty Advisor prior to registration each term.

Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science - Suggested Program

First Year (30 hours)

Second Year (30 hours)

Fall Semester (14 hours)

Spring Semester (16 hours)

Third Year (32 hours)

Fall Semester (16 hours)

Spring Semester (16 hours)

Fourth Year (28 hours)

Fall Semester (15 hours)

Spring Semester (13 hours)