BS in Atmospheric Science

Below is a sample 4-year plan for students pursuing the BS in Atmospheric Science.  To view the list of courses approved to fulfill Core 34, please visit the KU Core 34 page.

ATMO 105 (Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE))040*5ATMO 321 (Major Requirement)3
MATH 125 (Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE))030*4GEOG 104 (B.S. Degree Requirement)3
CHEM 130 (B.S. Degree Requirement)5MATH 126 (B.S. Degree Requirement)4
Core 34: English (SGE)0103Core 34: English (SGE)0103
 17 13
MATH 127 (B.S. Degree Requirement)4ATMO 521 (Major Requirement SPRING-EVEN YEARS ONLY)3
ATMO 505 (Major Requirement FALL ONLY)3EECS 138 (Python or Fortran Preferred, C++ & Matlab accepted), B.S. Degree Requriement3
PHSX 211 (B.S. Degree Requirement)4MATH 290 (B.S. Degree Requirement)2
PHSX 216 (B.S. Degree Requirement)1PHSX 212 (B.S. Degree Requirement)3
EVRN 148 (B.S. Degree Requirement)3PHSX 236 (B.S. Degree Requirement)1
 Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503
 15 15
ATMO 640 (Major Requirement FALL ONLY)3ATMO 630 (Major Requirement SPRING ONLY)3
ATMO 680 (Major Requirement FALL ONLY)3ATMO 660 (Major Requirement SPRING ONLY)3
MATH 220 or 320 (B.S. Degree Requirement)3MATH 526 (B.S. Degree Requirement)3
Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603
 15 15
ATMO 650 (Major Requirement FALL ONLY)3ATMO 697 (Capstone, Major Requirement)1
GEOG 358 (B.S. Degree Requirement)4ATMO 642 (Major Requirement SPRING-ODD YEARS ONLY)3
MATH 581 (B.S. Degree Requirement)3ATMO 605 (Major Requirement SPRING ONLY)2
Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703ATMO 525 (Major Requirement SPRING ONLY)3
Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours3Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603
 Second Area of Study/Elective/Degree/Junior-Senior Hours22
 16 14
Total Hours 120

ATMO 521 and ATMO 642 are taught only in the even or odd years and must be planned carefully.  Students will need to adjust what year they take the course as well as the prerequisites for the course based on when they start the above plan.  Please consult with your advisor.


Hour requirements (incl. 45 jr/sr hrs) are typically met through Core 34, degree, major, second area of study and/or elective hours.  Students completing the BGS with a major must choose a secondary area of study.  Individual degree mapping is done in partnership with your advisor. 

Please note:

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are required to complete 120 total hours of which 45 hours must be at the Jr/Sr (300+) level.


*  - This course is a Required major course and is also part of Core 34: Systemwide General Education.  If this course is not taken to fulfill the Core 34:SGE requirement, it must be taken in place of elective hours.

**  - This course is a Recommended Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This specific course is not required but is recommended by the program’s faculty.

***  - This course is a Required Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to require this specific Core 34:Systemwide General Education course.  If a student did not take this course it must be taken in addition to other degree requirements.