Atmospheric Sciences, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Atmospheric Sciences


department website: https://atmos.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Atmospheric Sciences Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: atmos-sci@illinois.edu


for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Atmospheric Sciences


Departmental distinction: Students majoring in Atmospheric Sciences can earn distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction upon graduation.  The requirements for these awards are:

For distinction:  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 in all of their Atmospheric Sciences courses, and completing three Atmospheric Sciences Elective courses.

For high distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4 in all of their Atmospheric Sciences courses, and completing four Atmospheric Sciences Elective courses.For highest distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.6 in all of their Atmospheric Sciences courses, and completing five Atmospheric Sciences Elective courses.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: normally equates to 58-59 hours including at least 32 hours in Atmospheric Sciences.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

PHYS 211University Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS 212University Physics: Elec & Mag4
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
MATH 220Calculus4-5
or MATH 221 Calculus I
MATH 231Calculus II3
MATH 241Calculus III4
MATH 285Intro Differential Equations3
ATMS 201General Physical Meteorology3
ATMS 301Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATMS 302Atmospheric Dynamics I3
ATMS 303Synoptic-Dynamic Wea Analysis4
ATMS 304Radiative Transfer-Remote Sens3
ATMS 305Computing and Data Analysis3
ATMS 306Cloud Physics3
ATMS 307Climate Processes3
ATMS 313Synoptic Weather Forecasting4
ATMS 314Mesoscale Dynamics3
Total Hours58-59