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Atmospheric Sciences Minor

The Atmospheric Sciences minor encompasses all aspects of the study of weather and climate. The curriculum includes the study of severe storms and other atmospheric systems that comprise day-to-day weather. Multiple processes that create and change the Earth's climate are also discussed. Atmospheric scientists work on scales that vary from forecasting local weather at the Earth's surface to researching global features that impact weather and climate around the world. You can choose to take courses on either or both of these scales as part of the Atmospheric Sciences minor.

Atmospheric Sciences Minor Curriculum

Full Curriculum [pdf] for the Atmospheric Sciences Minor at The Ohio State University


  • Minimum of 14 credit hours of coursework.
  • Maximum of 6 credit hours can overlap with the GE.
  • Maximum of 3 credit hours can overlap with the major.


Required: ATMOSSC 2940: Basic Meteorology OR GEOG 5900: Climatology (3 hours)

Electives: Choose four courses (11-12 hours)

  • ATMOSSC/GEOG 5940: Synoptic Meteorology Laboratory, 2 Credit Hours
  • GEOG 5941: Synoptic Analysis and Forecasting, 3 Credit Hours
  • GEOG 5942: Severe Storm Forecasting, 3 Credit Hours
  • GEOG 5921: Boundary Layer Climatology, 3 Credit Hours
  • GEOG 5922: Microclimatological Measurements, 3 Credit Hours
  • GEOG 3900 or 3901H: Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences, 3 Credit Hours
  • ATMOSSC 5901: Climate system Modeling, 3 Credit Hours
  • ATMOSSC 5950: Atmospheric Thermodynamics, 3 Credit Hours
  • ATMOSSC 5951: Dynamic Meteorology I, 3 Credit Hours
  • ATMOSSC 5952: Dynamic Meteorology II, 3 Credit Hours

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