Bachelor of Applied Science: Meteorology Emphasis

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Effective 3/13/2020, we are no longer accepting applications to the B.App.Sc. program with emphasis in meteorology.

We are currently accepting applications to the Bachelor of Science program
with subplans in Environmental Hydrology and Water Resources OR Atmospheric Sciences.

Summary B.A.S. Program  top

The Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a meteorology emphasis was a unique program open to those with a Community College of the Air Force degree in weather technology (or equivalent) from the United States Air Force.  It was the only online program with a meteorology emphasis in the United States leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. The program was designed in close collaboration with the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. 

The mission of the program was to serve the educational needs of military personnel both locally and abroad to become professional meteorologists eligible for promotion.  The original webpage describing the Bachelor of Applied Science (Meteorology Emphasis) program is no longer being maintained.

Curriculum  top

The curriculum is fully quantitative, meaning that atmospheric concepts are studied through applied physics, mathematics, and computer programming (see the Bachelor of Applied Science: Meteorology Emphasis Course List below). Substitutions must be pre-approved by your program advisor.

Students may take courses part-time or full-time depending on their personalized plan and needs. Students who wish to be World Meteorological Organization (WMO)/National Weather Service (NWS) compliant need 2 additional courses which are featured below (*).

Fall Semester Offerings

  • ATMO 336 Weather, Climate, and Society
  • ATMO 441A Dynamic Meteorology I (pre-requisites required)
  • HWRS 349A Principles of Hydrology* (necessary for students adhering to WMO/NWS standards)
  • GEOS 330 Intro to Remote Sensing

Spring Semester Offerings

  • ATMO 336 Weather, Climate, and Society
  • ATMO 441B Dynamic Meteorology II (pre-requisites required)
  • ATMO 436A Fundamentals Atmospheric Science (pre-requisites required)
  • ATMO 430 Computational Methods Atmospheric Sciences, odd-years only (pre-requisites required)

Core English Requirements

  • ENGL 101
  • ENGL 102
  • ENGL 307 Business Writing OR ENGL 309 Technical Writing

General Education

4 - 6 Upper Division Humanities/General Education electives (300/400 level coursework)

Critical Thinking (select 1 course)

  • ENGV 306 OR ENGV 380
  • GPSV 301
  • HSTV 301
  • INFV 320
  • PSYV 489

Physics Requirements

  • PHYS 141 Intro to Mechanics
  • PHYS 142 or 143 Introductory Optics/Thermodynamics

Atmospheric Science Requirements

  • ATMO 336 Weather, Climate, and Society
  • ATMO 451A Physical Meteorology I
  • ATMO 430 Computational Methods in Atmospheric Sciences
  • ATMO 455 Introduction to Atmospheric and Hydrologic Remote Sensing OR GEOG 330 Intro to Remote Sensing
  • ATMO 436A Fundamentals of the Atmospheric Sciences
  • ATMO 441A Dynamic Meteorology I
  • ATMO 441B Dynamic Meteorology II

Math Requirements

  • MATH 120R Pre-Calculus (incoming students must be ready to start at this level or higher)
  • MATH 122B Calculus I
  • MATH 129 Calculus II
  • MATH 223 Calculus III (Vector Calculus)
  • BASV 314 OR MATH 263 OR ISTA 116 Statistics
  • MATH 254 Ordinary Differential Equations* (necessary for students adhering to WMO/NWS standards)

Learning Outcomes  top

Individuals completing this degree program will:

  • Develop scientific skill sets to become effective leaders in weather-related careers
  • Utilize the most current scientific concepts to frame and solve meteorological problems
  • Develop math and physics skills suitable for use in other scientific disciplines

Other  top

Some career options available to graduates from the program include:

  • U.S. Air Force (meteorology or pilot training)
  • National Weather Service, weather forecasting
  • Governmental agencies, e.g. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental consulting and planning
  • Environmental quality analysis, control, engineering, and law
  • Water remote sensing, resource management
  • Public health specialist
  • Graduate-level study (Master's degree, Doctoral degree)
  • Atmospheric science research at national laboratories and institutions
  • High school teaching in physics and natural science

Contact  top

Academic Specialist:  Brittany Gordon - brittanygordon@email.arizona.edu or 520-255-5973

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