Climate Option

This track provides additional background in oceanography and glaciology so that a student has a widened perspective of the climate system.

Climate Track Coursework

Degree Plans



Climate Option Coursework (39-49 credits total)

Courses listed below are required to complete a BS in Atmospheric Sciences in the Climate Option and are in addition to Atmos Sci core coursework and UW College of Environment general education requirements.

Optional recommended courses are listed at the bottom of this list.

Required Course List (27-29 credits total)

AMATH 301 Beginning Scientific Computing (4cr)
ATM S 358 Atmospheric Chemistry (3cr)
ATM S 381 Weather and Climate Prediction (3cr)
ATM S 460 Water in the Environment (3cr)
ATM S 487 Fundamentals of Climate Change (3cr)
CSE 142 Computer Programming I (4cr)

ESS 431Principles of Glaciology (4cr) or
ESS 433 Environmental Change in the Glacial Ages (5cr)

OCEAN 423 Ocean Circulation and Climate (3cr) or
OCEAN 450 Climatic Extremes (4cr)

 

Climate Electives (choose four)

AMATH 351 Differential Equations (3cr)
AMATH 352 Applied Linear Algebra (3cr)
AMATH 353 Partial Differential Equations (3cr)
ATM S 441 and 442 Atmospheric Motions I/II (counts as two) (8cr)
ATM S 451 Instruments and Observations (5cr)
ATM S 452 Weather Forecasting and Advanced Synoptic Meterology (5cr)
ATM S 588 The Global Carbon Cycle and Climate (5cr)
ENVIR 384 Global Environmental Politics (5cr)
ENVIR 416 Ethics and Climate Change (5cr)
ENVIR 418 Communications and the Environment (5cr)
MATH 308 Matrix Algebra with Applications (3cr)
MATH 324 Advanced Multivariable Calculus I (3cr)
OCEAN Introduction to Oceanography (3cr)
OCEAN 210 Ocean Circulation (3cr)
OCEAN 420 Physical Processes in the Ocean (4cr)

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Degree Plans

Most Atmospheric Sciences majors take their major courses during the junior and senior years, although it is certainly possible to begin the major course work as a sophomore if the prerequisites are met. Core courses are offered only once per year, with the first course beginning in Autumn Quarter.  It is crucial that ATM S courses are taken in the recommended sequence.

Below are two suggested degree plans for students interested in the Climate Track - the first is a four-year plan, designed for freshmen. The second is a two-year plan designed for transfer students and UW students who decide to major in Atmos Sci in their sophomore or junior year.

Plans do not include UW College of Environment general education requirements and may vary, depending on the individual. Please note that non-ATM S courses are subject to the home departments' scheduling discretion and may not be offered as listed in degree plans. It may also be possible to complete some non-ATM S courses prior to the quarter(s) listed in the degree plans below, depending on pre-requisites and quarters offered. To discuss this plan, contact the Student Services Coordinator.

CLIMATE - FOUR YEAR PLAN

Recommended for freshmen interested in majoring in Atmospheric Sciences. This plan is also appropriate for students on track to complete the MATH and PHYS sequences by autumn quarter of their sophomore year.

YEAR 1
Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter

MATH 124 (5)
ATM S 220

MATH 125 (5)
PHYS 121 (5)
MATH 126 (5)
PHYS 122 (5)
YEAR 2
Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
PHYS 123 (5)
CSE 142
AMATH 301 (4)
ATM S 220 (1)
Q SCI 381 (5)
YEAR 3
Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
ATM S 301 (5)
OCEAN 423 or 450 (3-4)
Elective 1
ATM S 340 (3)
ATM S 370 (5)
ATM S 220 (1)
ATM S 321 (3)
ATM S 341 (3)
ATM S 358 (3)
YEAR 4
Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
ATM S 487 (3)
ESS 431 or 433 (4-5)

ATM S 380 (3)
ATM S 460 (3)
Elective 2

Elective 3
Elective 4

 

CLIMATE - TWO YEAR PLAN

Recommended for transfer* students and UW students who decide to major in Atmos Sci in their sophomore or junior year. This plan assumes that at least two years of college-level courses - including the pre-requisite MATH and PHYS sequences - have already been completed.

NOTE: Many non-ATM S courses can be taken in summer quarter (not represented in degree plan).

YEAR 1 (Junior Year)
Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
ATM S 301 (5)
Q SCI 381 (5)
AMATH 301(4)
ATM S 220 (1)
ATM S 340 (3)
ATM S 370 (5)
ATM S 380 (3)
ATM S 220 (1)
ATM S 321 (3)
ATM S 341 (3)
ATM S 358 (3)
Elective
YEAR 2 (Senior Year)
Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter
ATM S 487 (3)
OCEAN 423/450 (4-5)
Elective
ATM S 460 (3)
Elective
ATM S 220 (1)

ESS 431/433 (4-5)
CSE 142 (4)
Elective

*Students planning on transferring to the UW should consult with their institutional adviser or the UW Equivalency Guide for more information on equivalencies for the courses listed in these plans.

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