Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics BS

Capstone Major

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics major is a designated capstone major. Students acquire experience in conceiving and executing research projects designed to evaluate hypotheses and complete an individual project or thesis selected with the assistance of the program advisers and faculty mentor. The topic should reflect integrative application of mathematics to atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Students are expected to prepare a significant independent piece of work that applies knowledge gained in their coursework in a new and unique way.

Learning Outcomes

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Fundamental knowledge of the atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and the mathematical tools that enable research to be conducted
  • Identification of potential research areas of interest
  • Experience in conceiving and executing research projects designed to evaluate hypotheses through courses that stress oral and written presentation of research results
  • Proposition, execution, and evaluation of a research project with the assistance and supervision of a faculty mentor
  • Tangible capstone product, such as a written thesis, that will be archived and possibly disseminated within and beyond the department

Preparation for the Major

Required: Mathematics 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, Physics 1A, 1B, 1C, Program in Computing 10A, and two courses selected from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 1, 2, 3, 5. Physics 4AL and 4BL are recommended but not required. Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A and 14B (or 20A and 20B) may also be required, depending on atmospheric and oceanic sciences upper-division course selection. Each course must be taken for a letter grade and must be passed with a grade of C− or better, and students must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 2.0 for the courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences/Mathematics major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two years of calculus for majors, physics courses equivalent to Physics 1A, 1B, and 1C, and one C++ programming course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Six mathematics courses, including Mathematics 115A, 131A, 134, and three elective courses selected from 115B, 131B, 135, 136, 142, 151A, 151B, 170A, 170B, one of which must be 115B, 131B, 151B, or 170B; six atmospheric and oceanic sciences courses, including three core courses selected from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, 102, 103, 104, M105, and three elective courses selected from the five listed above (if not taken to satisfy the core requirement) or from C110, C115, M120, 130, 145, C160, C170, 180.

One capstone senior projects/thesis course, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 199, taken for a minimum of 2 units, is also required. An individual project or thesis to be selected with the assistance of the program advisers and a faculty mentor must be completed.