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

The combined program offers motivated and exceptional students the opportunity to achieve aspirations in an efficient program at Texas A&M, completing both the Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences Meteorology Program and the Master of Ocean Science and Technology degree in 5 years. There will be 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 Master of Ocean Science and Technology 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 combined program will be submitted by June 15 after the completion of the student’s junior year. Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case by case basis. GRE scores are not required for admission to the program
  • Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25. 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 GPA on all graduate coursework.
  • 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 combined program must finish the entire 150 credit hours to obtain both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Students will graduate at the completion of the 5th year in the combined program coursework (150 credit hours) with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. 
  • Students admitted to the program will change from U4 to G7 status when they are admitted having completed at least 90 hours (end of spring semester, year 3).
  • Students not accepted or not allowed to continue with the combined 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.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ATMO 201 Weather and Climate 3
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 171
Calculus I 1
or Engineering Mathematics I
4
Technical elective 2,3 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ATMO 203 Weather Forecasting Laboratory 1
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
MATH 172
Calculus II 1
or Engineering Mathematics II
4
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences
4
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ATMO 251 Weather Observation and Analysis 3
ATMO 321
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences
or Structured Programming in C
3
ATMO 363 Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 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 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences
4
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
Social and behavioral sciences 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
 
Creative arts 3
Language, philosophy and culture 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
Fifth Year
Fall
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 Hours150

The program includes a total of 156 hours with 6 hours being applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and the Master of Ocean Science and Technology.