Meteorology - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Ocean Science and Technology

The Fast Track Program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient program at Texas A&M, completing the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences Meteorology Program and the Oceanography non-thesis M.S. degree in 5 years. There will be only two courses used for dual credit in this program.  There is a total of 150 hours of coursework. The concurrent degree program will enable these motivated students to coordinate the required B.S. coursework (120 undergraduate credit hours including 6 dual credit graduate hours) and non-thesis M.S. coursework (36 credit hours including the 6 dual credit graduate hours) to complete the required credit hours for each degree without diminishing scope or quality of work and within 5 years.

Application and Eligibility

  • Applications to the Fast Track program will be submitted by July 1 after the completion of the student’s junior year. Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPR of 3.0. Applicants should also earn a C or better in all Chemistry, Calculus and Physics courses.Once admitted to the program, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPR.

  • A faculty advisor will be assigned to each student.Students may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.

  • Students admitted into the Fast Track program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.These students will be conferred with two degrees once they complete the 5th year of the concurrent program.

  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 99 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).

  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the Fast Track Program will complete the 120 hour Bachelor’s degree under the standard 4 year curriculum. These students may still apply to the traditional graduate program.

  • Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year in the Fast Track Program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.Students will complete the coursework in May of the 5th year.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ATMO 201Weather and Climate 3
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 171 or MATH 151Analytic Geometry and Calculus or Engineering Mathematics I 14
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
Technical elective 2,31
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ATMO 203Weather Forecasting Laboratory 1
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 172 or MATH 152Calculus or Engineering Mathematics II 14
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
Select one of the following: 43
American history
Government/Political science
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ATMO 251Weather Observation and Analysis 3
ATMO 363Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution 3
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 13
ATMO 321 or CSCE 206Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences or Structured Programming in C 3
Select one of the following: 43
American history
Government/Political science
General elective 2,53
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ATMO 324Physical and Regional Climatology 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 13
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
Select one of the following: 43
American history elective
Government/Political science
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
ATMO 335Atmospheric Thermodynamics 63
ATMO 336Atmospheric Dynamics 64
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I 13
Select one of the following: 43
American history
Government/Political science
General Elective 2,53
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ATMO 435Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology 3
COMM 203 or COMM 205Public Speaking or Communication for Technical Professions 3
Select two of the following: 7,8,96
Atmospheric sciences elective
Technical elective
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
Creative arts elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
ATMO 446Physical Meteorology 3
ATMO 441 or ATMO 443Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing or Radar Meteorology 3
OCNG 604Ocean Observing Systems 8,9,103
OCNG 608Physical Oceanography 8,9,103
Select one of the following: 7,8,93
Atmospheric sciences elective
Technical elective
Select one of the following: 8,9,103
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
 Term Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
OCNG 603Communicating Ocean Science 3
OCNG 657Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 3
Select one of the following: 7,8,93
Atmospheric sciences elective
Technical elective
Select one of the following: 9,103
Biological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
General elective 2,53
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 132
Fifth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 69
 Term Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 66
OCNG 661Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 18
1

A grade of C or better is required.

2

General electives may not include CAEN 101-499; CAEX 101-499; DEVS 101-499; ENGL 103; KINE 198-199MATH 102, MATH 131, MATH 141-142, MATH 150-152, MATH 171-172, MATH 221, MATH 251, MATH 253; PHYS 101, PHYS 201-202, PHYS 208, PHYS 218-219; AERS 100-499; MLSC 100-499; NVSC 100-499; SOMS 100-499

3

Recommend GEOS 101

4

Students must complete 6 credit hours of American history and 6 credit hours of government/political science.

5

MLSC, NVSC and AERS courses can be used as general electives if a minor is completed in Military Science. See an academic advisor for more information.

6

All students enter as Lower Level Meterology (METL) until completion of ATMO 335 and ATMO 336 and the associated prerequisite courses. Once students have completed these courses, their major will be changed to Upper Level Meterology (METR), and they will be eligible to take upper-level electives. This change should occur following Fall of the junior year.

7

Select in consultation with faculty academic advisor.

8

If students use nine credits of allowed OCNG courses (e.g. OCNG 251 or OCNG 401, OCNG 252, OCNG 350, OCNG 451,OCNG 485) as technical electives and general electives, they will receive an OCNG minor with their BS in METR degree.

9

Students will not be permitted to receive credit for both the 400- and 600-level versions of certain courses because the content and learning outcomes are too similar (e.g. OCNG 440/OCNG 640; GEOS 470/OCNG 657).

10

Two graduate courses will be taken for dual undergraduate/graduate credit and will contribute to the minor.