Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Undergraduate Study

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Minor

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences minor provides a formal vehicle for students specializing in other science fields to pursue interests in the atmospheric and oceanic environment. It is designed to be flexible, recognizing that many topics in this field cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better and must make an appointment with a departmental undergraduate adviser for approval in selecting a coordinated program of courses from within the department and related disciplines. For further information, contact the department at 310-825-1954.

Required Courses (28 units): Seven 4-unit courses, including (1) three from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences M100, 101, 102, 103, 104, M105, M106, C110, C115, M120, 130, 141, 145, 150, C160, C170, 180 and (2) four additional courses, two of which must be upper-division, from any of the above atmospheric and oceanic sciences courses beyond the minimum four required or from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 1, 2, 3, 186 (must be taken twice), Chemistry and Biochemistry 103, 110A, 110B, 113A, C113B, 114, Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 15, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 109, C119A, 122, 123A or 123B, 147, 148, Mathematics 115A, 115B, 132, 135, 136, 146, 170A, 170B, Physics 110A, 110B, 112, M122, 131, 132. Other relevant courses from related disciplines may be substituted with prior approval of the department. At least five courses approved for the minor must be upper division.

Groups of courses relevant to specific subareas of atmospheric sciences include (1) atmospheric chemistry: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 104, Chemistry and Biochemistry 103, 110A, 110B, C113B, 114; (2) atmospheric chemistry and biology: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, 104, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 109, C119A, 122; (3) atmospheric dynamics: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, 102, Physics 112, 131, 132; (4) atmospheric dynamics and mathematical modeling: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, 180, Mathematics 115A, 115B, 132, 135, 136, 142, 146; (5) oceanography and biology: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, 103, 104, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 109, 123A or 123B, 147, 148; (6) upper atmosphere: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences 101, M120, C170, Physics 110A, 110B, M122.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

One course may be taken on a Passed/Not Passed basis; each of the other minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.