Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Climate Science BS

Learning Outcomes

The Climate Science major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated mastery of the basic principles and tools of science
  • Demonstrated fundamental understanding of the atmospheric and oceanic sciences
  • Demonstrated analytical and mathematical skills through the application of learned concepts and tools in solving relevant theoretical, computational, and empirical problems
  • Ability to apply knowledge gained to independently identify, analyze, and understand real-world problems and issues
  • Demonstrated effective oral and written communication of results and conclusions
  • Understanding of the societal and policy context of climate science

Preparation for the Major

Required: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 51; Chemistry and Biochemistry 14A and 14B, or 20A and 20B; Civil and Environmental Engineering M20 or Program in Computing 10A or an equivalent course selected in consultation with the undergraduate adviser; Mathematics 3A, 3B, and 3C, or 31A, 31B, 32A, and 33B; Physics 1A or 1AH, 1B or 1BH, 1C or 1CH, 4AL, and 4BL, or 5A, 5B, and 5C.

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in climate sciences or other branches of science are encouraged to select the Mathematics 31A through 33B sequence and the Physics 1 sequence.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Climate Science major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one year of calculus, one year of calculus-based physics with laboratory, one general chemistry course with laboratory for majors, one course in programming (MATLAB or Python), and one introductory statistics course.

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

The Major

Required: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, M105, C110, 112, 145, and two additional upper-division atmospheric sciences courses selected from 103, 104, M106, 107, CM114, M120, 130, 141, C144, 155, C160, 180, and two upper-division policy/solutions or quantitative courses from a preapproved list. Upper-division electives may also be selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisers. Students preparing for graduate studies in climate science or other areas should discuss specific requirements with the undergraduate advisers.