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Atmospheric Science Concentration

Liberal Arts – Associate in Arts
Program Advisor: Joseph Kravitz, 413-236-4528

The fields of meteorology and climate science are developing rapidly, particularly with recent interest in climate change, providing many career opportunities for individuals with a Bachelor of  Science (B.S.) degree in Atmospheric Science. The Atmospheric Science concentration in the Liberal Arts degree program provides a strong foundation in the physical sciences, particularly the fundamental calculus, physics and chemistry courses necessary to transfer into baccalaureate programs in the physical sciences. More specifically, this degree provides all of the essential courses necessary to successfully transfer directly into 3rd year of a four-year Bachelor of science degree program in Atmospheric Science. In fact, this program has been designed in conjunction with the University of Albany DAES (Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science) to enable students to successfully transfer into their Atmospheric Science B.S. program starting in the 3rd  year ( instead of 1st or 2nd ). This is a Mass Transfer eligible Program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • understand the composition, structure and fundamental physical principles of the behavior of the atmosphere
  • utilize mathematical and physical principles to explain atmospheric behavior, including thermodynamics and atmospheric circulations
  • demonstrate and understanding of the fundamental and behavior of meteorological phenomena such as jet streams, cyclones, clouds and precipitation
  • demonstrate an ability to understand the methods utilized in weather forecasting
  • process a rudimentary ability to produce a public weather forecast
  • develop an understanding of the basic codes (METAR, weather Balloon/skew-T, etc.) utilized in meteorology to store and present weather data and an ability to decode and understand this data
  • be able to apply learned knowledge of the hydrological and carbon dioxide cycles to meteorological and climate behavior and issues
  • understand the physical basis of earth’s climate and climate change as manifested through the recent abrupt warming of Earth’s climate system
  • understand the formation and behavior of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and drought
  • have a knowledge of possible impacts, of global warming on extreme weather events and the physical basis for these impacts

 Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 62 program and general education, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Note: In addition to the below requirements, in order to transfer directly into the 3rd year of the Atmospheric Science program at the University at Albany following graduation from BCC, students must complete ATM 211 (Weather Analysis and Forecasting [4 credits]) at the University at Albany during the Spring Semester of the final year at BCC.

Program 35 Credits
ATM 126               Extreme Weather 3
ATM 145              Introduction to Meteorology 4
ATM 209              Weather Workshop  1
ATM 210              Atmospheric Structure, Thermodynamics And Circulation 3
CHM 101              Introduction Chemistry 1  4
ENM 151              Engineering Calculus 1    4
ENM 152              Engineering Calculus 2 4
ENM 251              Engineering Calculus 3    3
ENM 161              Engineering Physics 1  4
ENM 162              Engineering Physics 2    4

General Education 21 Credits
COM:     Communication 3
ENG:      English Composition/Writing 6
ENG:      Literature 6
HIS 133: Western Civilization to 1500 or  
HIS 121: World History to 1500 3
HIS 114: Western Civilization since 1500 or  
HIS 122: World History since 1500 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Free Elective 1
Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio (items)  4
Forum (units)     4
Health/Fitness (hours)   30
Minimum Cumulative Average Overall  2.000
Area of Specialization (All required ATM, ENM, CHM, and ENT Courses) 2.000
Suggested Block for Program Completion

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time to complete the program may very according to each student’s individual needs.

First Semester
16 Credits
ATM 145   Introduction to Meteorology    4
ENM 151   Engineering Calculus 1 4
CHM 101   Introductory Chemistry 1 4
ENG          English Composition/Writing  3
Second Semester    17 Credits
ATM 145          Extreme Weather 3
ENM 152         Engineering Calculus 2      4
ENT 161           Engineering Physics 1  4
COM                 Communication 3
ENG                 English Composition/Writing 3
Third Semester  
  17 Credits
ATM 210    Atmospheric Structure, Thermodynamics and Circulation 3
ATM 209    Weather Workshop 1
ENM 251    Engineering Calculus 3    3
ENT 162     Engineering Physics 2    4
HIS 113      Western Civilization to 1500 or  
HIS 121      World History to 1500    3
ENG          Literature 3

 

Fourth Semester 12 (16) Credits
HIS 114   Western Civilization since 1500 or  
HIS 122   World History since 1500 3
ENG        Literature 3
Behavioral and Social Science 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
ATM 211   Weather Analysis and Forecasting (footnote 1) 4

 (Taken at the University at Albany – for students transferring into the UAlbany Atmospheric Science B.S. program only.)

 Footnotes:
1. In addition to the requirements, in order to transfer directly into the 3rd  year of the Atmospheric Science Program at the University at Albany following graduation from BCC, students must complete ATM 211 (Weather Analysis and Forecasting [4 credits]) at the University at Albany during the Spring Semester of the final year at BCC.