University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Atmospheric Science, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree provides a foundation for study and career opportunities in the atmospheric sciences including atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry and meteorology. Students wishing to pursue graduate level programs should choose electives in consultation with the undergraduate program advisors.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical basis and observational methods for study of atmospheric physics, air pollution, meteorological and climate-scale processes in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • demonstrate knowledge of the design and use of instrumentation, computer software, data interpretation methods for atmospheric research and monitoring.
  • explain ideas and results through written, numerical, graphical, spoken, and computer-based forms of communication.
  • assess and adapt to new avenues of scientific inquiry which offer interdisciplinary and practical applications to commercial and public needs for atmospheric studies.

Contact Information

225 Leifson Physics
(775) 784-6792

College of Science Academic Advisors:

Transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno

Use the transfer agreement  and the degree planner (available by clicking Print degree planner icon at the top right of this page) to build your plan for graduation with your advisor. Course substitutions not identified on the transfer agreement require UNR advisor approval.

If a major-to-major transfer agreement is not available for your transfer institution, please check the General Core agreement  if available. If neither is available, access Transferology to assist in your planning.

Graduation Requirements

  • Total Units | 120
  • Cumulative GPA | 2.0
  • University GPA | 2.0
  • Major GPA | 2.0
  • Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
  • Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
  • Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units

I. Core General Education Requirements (27-30 units)

NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy  .”

Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course description.

A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3

B. Quantitative Reasoning (4 units) - CO2

D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .

E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .

F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8

Refer to the Core Curriculum   Chapter in this catalog.

II. Additional Core Requirements (9 units maximum)

Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum  chapter in this catalog. 

A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9

Units counted in major requirement.

B. Diversity & Equity - CO10

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10   courses.

C. Global Context - CO11

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO11  courses.

D. Ethics - CO12

Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO12  courses. 

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (78 units)

C. 300-400 Level Electives (10 units)

Students will consult with the undergraduate advisor to select upper-division courses in related fields such as Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geography, Geology, Physics, etc.

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

Minors are encouraged to broaden the student’s credentials in a multidisciplinary job market.

VI. Electives (3-6 units)

Students are strongly encouraged to take courses in related fields of interest.

VII. Recommended Schedule

Use the Planner in MyNEVADA to build a custom graduation plan. Review and adjust the plan with an academic advisor.

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (13 units)