The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) offers an undergraduate minor for students pursuing a bachelor's degree in another academic department. Students who successfully complete a major at CU Boulder in a quantitative field, such as physics or chemistry, and a minor in ATOC, will be prepared for graduate work in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. The ATOC minor is offered through the College of Arts and Sciences and is noted on the official CU Boulder transcript.
Although the ATOC minor is primarily designed for students who are interested in developing a knowledge base in atmospheric and oceanic sciences with an emphasis on the earth's climate, there is considerable latitude within the minor program for students to design a course of study that is tailored to their individual interests.
Students who wish to declare the ATOC minor should contact the ATOC Undergraduate & Graduate Program Assistant by email at email@example.com or by phone at 303-492-6633. Questions regarding coursework or advising should be directed to the ATOC minor advisor, Dr. Katja Friedrich, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A minimum of 18 credits is required for the minor, at least 9 of which must be upper-division (see list below). The other 9 may be lower-division, upper-division or a combination of both.
All coursework applied to the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better; no pass/fail work may be applied. Students must have at least a C (2.00) average for all attempted work in atmospheric and oceanic sciences.
Courses toward a minor may also be applied toward graduation requirements, as well as the major requirements for a non-ATOC major. Students are allowed to apply no more than 9 credit hours, including 6 upper-division credit hours, of transfer work to a minor.
|First Year Seminar (Stratospheric Explorations)|
|Weather and the Atmosphere|
|Our Changing Environment: El Nino, Ozone, and Climate|
|Introduction to Atmospheric Research|
|Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - Lower Division|
|Principles of Weather|
|Introduction to Oceanography|
|Analysis of Climate and Weather Observations|
|Air Chemistry and Pollution|
|Principles of Climate|
|Planets and Their Atmospheres|
|Descriptive Physical Oceanography|
|Special Topics in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences - Upper Division|
|Weather Analysis & Forecasting|
|Introduction to Atmospheric Physics|
|Physical Oceanography and Climate|
|Dynamics of Past Climate Changes: Lessons for the Future|
|Desert Meteorology and Climate|
|Physics and Chemistry of Clouds and Aerosols|
|Renewable Energy Meteorology|
|Ice Sheets and Climate|
|Policy Implications of Climate Controversies|
|Scientific Programming, Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory|
|Remote Sensing Lab|
|Field Observations and Measurements Laboratory|
|Numerical Methods Laboratory|
|Data Science Lab|
|Climate Modeling Laboratory|
|Weather Modeling Laboratory|
|Synoptic Dynamic Meteorology|