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, there is a formal articulation agreement in place with the University at Albany Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science which will permit students who satisfactorily complete this program to transfer directly into the 3rd year of their 4 year Atmospheric Science (B.S.) program. This also is a MassTransfer 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 formation 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.
Program 35 Credits
ATM 145   Introduction to Meteorology 3
ATM  209   Weather Workshop 1
ATM  210   Atmospheric Structure, Thermodynamics and Circulation 3
ATM  211   Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
CHM 101   Introduction Chemistry 1 4
ENM 151   Engineering Calculus 1 4
ENM 152   Engineering Calculus 2 4
ENM 251   Engineering Calculus 3 4
ENM 161   Engineering Physics 1 4
ENM 162   Engineering Physics 2 4
General Education 27 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
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
14 Credits
ATM 145   Introduction to Meteorology    3
ENM 151   Engineering Calculus 1 4
CHM 101   Introductory Chemistry 1 4
ENG          English Composition/Writing  3
Second Semester 17 Credits
ENM 152   Engineering Calculus 2      4
ENT 161   Engineering Physics 1  4
COM        Communication 3
ENG         English Composition/Writing 3

HIS 113   Western Civilization to 1500 - OR - HIS 121   World History to 1500


Third Semester
15 Credits
ATM 210   Atmospheric Structure, Thermodynamics and Circulation 3
ATM 209   Weather Workshop 1
ENM 251   Engineering Calculus 3    4
ENT 162    Engineering Physics 2    4
ENG          Literature 3
Fourth Semester 16 Credits
ATM 211  Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
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