The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in atmospheric sciences is designed to prepare a graduate for professional employment as a meteorologist. With the appropriate choice of courses our graduates can satisfy the requirements for civilian employment in the Federal meteorological agencies. A new graduate may be commissioned as a meteorological officer in the Air Force or Navy or appointed to a meteorological internship in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A few of our graduates have made careers in computer science (e.g., the former Director of the University’s Computing Center).
Our B.S program in atmospheric sciences at the University of Hawaii meets the Federal GS 1340 requirements for an operational meteorologist. A link to the Federal requirements is given here.
In addition to the fundamental courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, theoretical meteorology, instruments and observations, and analysis, students may complete their meteorological requirements in a number of ways, and may emphasize, for example, tropical meteorology, climatology, statistics, or computer applications. Forty-three credit hours are required in the major field selected from among meteorology courses and from appropriate courses offered in engineering, geography, geology and geophysics, information sciences, mathematics, oceanography, physics, and soil science. Thoughtful advising promotes the advantage of the program’s flexibility, while preserving academic standards. Whenever possible, we utilize courses taught in other departments, eschewing duplication and broadening the educational experience. Our program has established Student Learning Outcomes which formalize our expectations for graduation.
Total credit hours for B.S. degree: 120 hours.
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To obtain application forms and related information about the University of Hawai‘i, please write to Office of Admissions and Records, University of Hawai‘i, 2600 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822 or visit their web site for complete details.
Incoming freshmen (and some transfer students) are required to take placement exams for English, math, and chemistry. The schedule for placement exams is provided in the UH Schedule of Classes booklet.
Current students at the University of Hawai‘i can contact the Atmospheric Sciences Undergraduate Advisor for a Curriculum Transfer Request (CTR) form to transfer from your current degree program to a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences in SOEST at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.