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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ATMO 201 Weather and Climate 3
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 171
Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
or Engineering Mathematics I
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
Technical elective 2,3 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ATMO 203 Weather Forecasting Laboratory 1
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 172
Calculus 1
or Engineering Mathematics II
4
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ATMO 251 Weather Observation and Analysis 3
ATMO 363 Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
ATMO 321
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences
or Structured Programming in C
3
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
General elective 2,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
ATMO 324 Physical and Regional Climatology 3
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
Social and behavioral sciences elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
ATMO 335 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 6 3
ATMO 336 Atmospheric Dynamics 6 4
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 1 3
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
General Elective 2,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ATMO 435 Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology 3
COMM 203
Public Speaking
or Communication for Technical Professions
3
Select two of the following: 7,8,9 6
Atmospheric sciences elective
 
Technical elective
 
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
Creative arts elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
ATMO 446 Physical Meteorology 3
ATMO 441
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing
or Radar Meteorology
3
OCNG 604 Ocean Observing Systems 8,9,10 3
OCNG 608 Physical Oceanography 8,9,10 3
Select one of the following: 7,8,9 3
Atmospheric sciences elective
 
Technical elective
 
Select one of the following: 9,10 3
Biological Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
OCNG 603 Communicating Ocean Science 3
OCNG 657 Data Methods and Graphical Representation in Oceanography 3
Select one of the following: 7,8,9 3
Atmospheric sciences elective
 
Technical elective
 
Select one of the following: 9,10 3
Biological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
General elective 2,5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours132
Plan of Study Grid
Fifth Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 6 9
 Semester Credit Hours9
Spring
OCNG 661 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
Advanced specialized OCNG graduate courses 6 6
 Semester Credit Hours9
 Total Semester Credit Hours18