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, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Climate Change, and Graduate School. Career track(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. Because students may select from different career tracks, this contribution could range from creating accurate weather forecasts, to communicating those efforts to clients or the public, to further advancing our understanding of the atmosphere 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 Atmospheric Sciences degree program.

3-5 Year Plans

One of the advantages of our curriculum is that it is flexible. In addition to the traditional four-year plan, we offer three and five-year plans.

The three-year plan is designed for transfer students or accelerated high-school students that have taken or tested into at least Calculus II and Classical Physics I.

The five-year plan is designed for students who want to take more time to successfully move through the curriculum.

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

Pre-Atmospheric Sciences Program

Another unique feature of our curriculum is the Pre-Atmospheric Sciences Program.

This sequence of courses has been especially designed for students who may need additional background in math and physics to ensure a successful experience working towards a B.S. degree. Entering this program will add an additional year to the time required to earn the B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences.

>> Learn more about specific program requirements and courses.

Certificate of Post-Baccalaureate Study in Atmospheric Sciences

This certificate documents educational achievement in Atmospheric Sciences beyond that associated with a BS degree.

This program is for those who wish to:

  • gain an advantage in today’s competitive job market,
  • bolster their preparation for admission to graduate school,
  • re-train for job placement or career change.

In general, the program requires twenty-four credits beyond those required for a BS degree, including an internship experience, a minimum of 18 credits taken at Lyndon State College, and grades above a C.

Specifically, the twenty-four credits must:

  • be 3000-6000 level courses,
  • have ATM, MAT, PHY, CHE, CIS, ENV, GIS, BUS, and EJA designators,
  • include 3-6 credits of ATM 4820 (Co-op),
  • exclude core courses explicitly required for the BS Atmospheric Sciences major,
  • be approved by the student’s advisor and the department faculty.

Online Courses

We offer selected online classes 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 classes 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.