Earth System Science, Atmospheric Science/Meteorology Concentration, BS Requirements:
  • Earth System Science, concentration in Atmospheric Science/Meteorology, BS degree requires 128 credit hours.
  • 39 of 128 credit hours must be taken at 300 level or higher (39 credits includes courses taken at the 300+ level in major, minor (if chosen), Pre professional area and electives).
  • 12 credit hours of 300 level and above must be taken in the major or 6 credit hours in the major and 6 credit hours in the minor (if chosen).
  • 12 of the last 18 credit hours must be taken at UAH, with an overall 25% of coursework taken at UAH.
  • Unless otherwise noted a C- or better is required for all College of Science prerequisite courses.
  • No more than 64 credit hours from a two-year college can be applied toward a UAH degree. 
  • For graduation application instructions, see here.
Degree Requirements
Freshman Composition6
COLLEGE WRITING I
COLLEGE WRITING II
Humanities and Fine Arts12
Fine Arts: Choose one3
ARH SURV:ANCIENT-MEDIEVAL
ARH SURV:RENAISSANCE-MODERN
ARH SUR:NON-WESTERN TRADITIONS
DRAWING: FOUNDATIONS
THEATRE APPRECIATION
INTRO TO MUSIC LITERATURE
Literature: Choose one3
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I
MYTHOLOGY
READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE 2
Speech3
Intro to Rhetorical Communication
Humanities, 2nd Fine Art or 2nd Literature: PHL 102, PHL 150 or 201 recommended for ESS. 3
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
INTRO TO ETHICS
TECH, SCIENCE & HUMAN VALUES
INTRODUCTION TO LOGIC
Any WLC course 100 or 200 level 4
INTRO WOMEN'S & GENDER STUDIES
2nd Literature 1
2nd Fine Art
Mathematics and Sciences12
Mathematics 24
CALCULUS A
Natural Sciences: Physics with Calculus I & II8
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I 5
and
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II 5
History and Social and Behavioral Sciences12
History: Choose one 13
WORLD HISTORY TO 1500
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Social and Behavioral Sciences: Choose two. GY 105 and GY 110 strongly recommended6
PRINC OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINC OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
GLOBAL SYSTEMS AND CULTURES
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
ANALYSIS OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRO CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SOCIOLOGICAL PERSP TECH & SCI
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY I
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
2nd History or 3rd Social and Behavioral Science: Choose one 33
2nd History 1
3rd Social and Behavioral Science 3
Pre Professional 24
Computer Science: Choose one
INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING
INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA
Technical Writing3
TECHNICAL WRITING
Additional Lab Science4
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I 5
Additional Required Mathematics14
CALCULUS B
CALCULUS C
APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 5
INTRO TO PROBABILITY & STATIST 5
Earth System Science Core18
ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE
and LABORATORY
CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE
and LABORATORY
INTRO TO EARTH & ATMOSPHC PHYS 5
CLASSI & PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM 5
INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING 5
RESEARCH & PROF DEV CAPSTONE
Atmospheric Science Concentration Requirements19
SEVERE WEATHER ANALYSIS
and LABORATORY
HYDROLOGY 5
POLLUTION PROBLEMS
DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY
SCI PROGRMNG FOR EARTH & ATMOS 5
ATMOSP THERMODY & CLOUD PHYSIC 5
Atmospheric Science concentration elective courses: Choose 514-16
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS) 7
SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY
PYTHON FOR GIS 7
OPERATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST'G 6
GEOSPATIAL APPLICATIONS 7
INTRO ATMOSP CHEM & AIR POLLU
ATMOSPHERIC FLUID DYNAMICS I
FORECASTING MESOSCALE PROC 6
ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION I
INTRO TO RADAR METEOROLOGY
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Elective Courses9-11
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
Total Semester Hours128
1

Students must take one literature and one history course. Students must also take either a second literature or history course to complete a sequence. (EH 207 + EH 208, EH 209 + EH 210, EH 242 + EH 208, EH 242 + EH 210, HY 103 + HY 104, or HY 221 + HY 222)

2

Based on Math placement, prerequisite MA 112 and/or MA 113 Mathematics courses may be required. 

3

No more than 6 credit hours can be taken in a single discipline.

4

 For choices see the World Languages and Cultures department.

5

PH 111 + PH 114, PH 112 + PH 115, MA 238, MA 385, CH 121+ CH 125, ESS 301, ESS 303, ESS 305, ESS 351, ESS 370, ESS 409, ESS 441, ESS 471. These courses partially satisfy the National Weather Service GS-1340 Federal Civil Service Requirements.

6

 ESS 410, ESS 352, ESS 454. Choose at least two of these elective courses to complete the National Weather Service GS-1340 Federal Civil Service Requirements.

7

 ESS 313, ESS 408 and ESS 414. Student may choose 2 of these 3 GIS tools courses to count in the "choose 5 electives" section.

Sample four year plan for Earth System Science, Atmospheric Science/Meteorology Concentration, BS degree:

Note: This is only an example and variations are possible.

Year 1
FallSemester Hours
EH 101COLLEGE WRITING I 3
ESS 103ENVIRONMENTAL EARTH SCIENCE 4
ESS 111CLIMATE AND GLOBAL CHANGE 4
MA 171CALCULUS A 4
FYE 101CHARGER SUCCESS 1
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
EH 102COLLEGE WRITING II 3
PH 111
PH 114
GEN PHYSICS W/CALCULUS I
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB I
4
ESS 212
212L
SEVERE WEATHER ANALYSIS
and LABORATORY
4
MA 172CALCULUS B 4
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 2
Fall
ESS 301INTRO TO EARTH ATMOSPHC PHYS 3
PH 112
PH 115
GEN PHYSICS W/CALC II
and GENERAL PHYSICS LAB II
4
MA 201CALCULUS C 4
CS 102INTRO TO C PROGRAMMING 3
  or CS 103  or INTRO PROGRAMMING USING JAVA 
Fine Art  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 17
Spring
ESS 370INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING 3
ESS 313GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
CH 121
CH 125
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
4
MA 238APPL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS 3
Literature  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 3
Fall
ESS 321POLLUTION PROBLEMS 3
ESS 351DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY 3
MA 385INTRO TO PROBABILITY STATIST 3
GY 110PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN GEOGRAPHY 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Spring
ESS 303CLASSI PHYSICAL CAUSES CLIM 3
ESS 305HYDROLOGY 3
ESS 352SYNOPTIC METEOROLOGY 3
GY 105WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY 3
History  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
Elective  1
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
Year 4
Fall
ESS 409SCI PROGRMNG FOR EARTH ATMOS 3
ESS 410OPERATIONAL WEATHER FORECAST'G 3
ESS 441ATMOSP THERMODY CLOUD PHYSIC 3
CM 113Intro to Rhetorical Communication 3
Humanities,2nd Fine art or 2nd Lit  3
See Requirements tab for approved list.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 15
Spring
ESS 454FORECASTING MESOSCALE PROC 3
ESS 471INTRO TO RADAR METEOROLOGY 3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING 3
ESS 498RESEARCH PROF DEV CAPSTONE 1
Elective  3
Elective  3
Electives can be taken from any department and do not have to be taken in your major or minor. No more than 4 credit hours of 100 level HPE courses can count toward degree requirements.
  
 Term Semester Hours: 16
 Total Semester Hours: 128