Meteorology Weather Mapping

Meteorology

Bachelor of Applied Science

Build upon your Associate of Applied Science from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) to become an effective leader in the field of meteorology.

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Develop your scientific skill set to to explain weather phenomena and become an effective leader in the field. For admission to this program, you must hold an Associate of Applied Science in meteorology, weather technology or equivalent from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). With 60 AAS credits, you may complete the program in as little as two years. Active duty in the United States Air Force is not required. 

As the only fully online Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Meteorology program in the United States, this degree has been designed in close collaboration with the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The curriculum is fully quantitative, meaning that atmospheric concepts are studied through applied physics, mathematics, and computer programming. You must be prepared to prove readiness to begin pre-calculus work within the first year of study through transcripts showing credits in college algebra earned within the last 18 months or through a placement test. 

This program is compliant with the National Weather Service (NWS) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) standards.  

Program Prerequisites: 

- Applicants must hold an Associate of Applied Science degree from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) with a concentration in meteorology, weather technology or the equivalent. 

- Applicants must prove readiness to begin pre-calculus coursework within the first year of study. This can be done by providing transcripts showing credits earned in college algebra within the last 18 months or through a placement exam. 

During the application process, the submission of a resume and goal statement is required for professional admission to the program. Before applying, we recommend that you discuss your background with a program adviser. Contact onlineadmissions@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-0898 for a referral.

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Career Level: Undergraduate
Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science
College: College of Applied Science and Technology

Cost & Eligibility

Per Unit Cost: $500
*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below.

  • ATMO 436A: Fundamentals in Atmospheric Sciences - Fundamental topics in the atmospheric sciences. Topics include composition of the atmosphere, atmospheric thermodynamics, atmospheric chemistry, cloud physics, radiative transfer, atmospheric dynamics, and climate.
  • ATMO 455: Intro to Atmospheric and Hydrology Remote Sensing - An introduction to basic remote sensing techniques and their applications to the atmosphere, hydrology and other fields. This includes understanding the basic concepts of radiation transfer, passive and active remote sensing, satellite and ground-based remote sensing and their retrieval techniques.
  • ATMO 441A: Dynamic Meteorology I - Thermodynamics and its application to planetary atmospheres, hydrostatics, fundamental concepts and laws of dynamic meteorology.
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