Core Curriculum

Requirements & Courses

Degree Requirements

The Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences curriculum is designed to prepare students for a diversity of rewarding careers. To do so, we offer a number of career concentrations for students to choose from. They include the National Weather Service, Broadcasting, Private Industry, Climate Change, and Graduate School. Career concentration(s) are generally chosen during the sophomore year.

Atmospheric Sciences Department graduates have an understanding of the atmosphere that enables them to make a positive contribution to their profession and to society. The different career concentrations allow this contribution to range from creating accurate weather forecasts, to communicating the science of weather or climate to clients or the public, to further advancing our understanding of the atmosphere and climate through research endeavors. Regardless of their concentration, however, students are required to complete a core of study that gives them an essential foundation for understanding weather events.

⇒ Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Sciences program.
⇒ Learn more about the Atmospheric Sciences Minor program.

Three-, Four-, and Five-Year Pathways

One of the advantages of our curriculum is that it is flexible. In addition to the traditional four-year pathway, we offer three and five-year pathways. The three-year pathway is designed for transfer students or accelerated high-school science students that have taken or tested into at least Calculus II and Classic Physics I. The five-year pathway is designed for students who may need additional background in math and physics to ensure a successful experience working towards a B.S. degree.

Suggested Pathways

Suggested pathways for mathematics, science, and core atmospheric science courses (and credits) required for the ATM B.S. degree program.

Note: These are suggested pathways only and will likely vary depending on student preparation. Each student must also take courses to fulfill at least one ATM Career Concentration and all LSC degree requirements including at least 40 General Education foundation and elective credits.


Three-Year Pathway Template


Four-Year Pathway Template


Five-Year Pathway Template

Online Courses

We offer selected online courses to provide educational opportunities to a wider audience. We offer the following three courses during the summer months:

Elementary Meteorology, Climatology, and Oceanography – Available to those interested in learning the fundamentals behind the science governing the atmosphere and ocean, respectively. These courses are suitable for the lay person, or science teachers wanting to boost their training in these areas. In addition, these courses can be offered at a higher level if required for teacher training. These courses count toward GEU requirements for non-atmospheric science majors as a 4-credit lab science course.