Atmospheric Science 

Associate of Science – Specialization in Atmospheric Science


The Associate of Science – Transfer Degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to specific science majors at four-year colleges or universities. Students pursuing this degree are required to select a field of specialization from an approved list and will be assigned a TCC advisor to understand specialization requirements.

Atmospheric Science is a field of specialization at TCC. It offers an opportunity to study the natural forces that shape weather and climate. TCC offers courses that cover the first two years of a typical four-year atmospheric sciences program. Students will earn an Associate of Science – Track 2 (Transfer) degree to enter into a four-year college or university.


Associate of Science - Specialization in Atmospheric Science

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While in high school, students should pursue all of the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, computer programming and physics. Post-high school, students may need to take additional math and science courses to meet requirements.

Students must complete at least 90 credits for this degree. Because many of these classes require pre-requisites, the total number of credits may exceed 90.

Other requirements are:

  • At least 30 credits must be earned at TCC.
  • A GPA of 2.0 is required.
  • Students must take at least one course from the list of approved multicultural courses.

Degree Program

Degree Worksheet (PDF) Associate of Science Degree Atmospheric Sciences Specialization

2021-2022 Distribution List

Basic Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101
  • MATH&151, 152

Humanities and Social Sciences (15 credits)

  • Humanities course from approved class list
  • Social science course from approved class list
  • Humanities or Social Science credits from approved list


Specialization Courses (53 credits)

MATH& 146, 153, 254

MATH 220, 238

PHYS& 221, 222, 223

CHEM& 161

ENGR 240


Elective Courses (7 credits)

TCC students are required to take a number of elective courses to reach a total of 90 credits. Elective courses should be selected based on major and transfer institution. The following are highly recommended for the atmospheric science specialization.

CS 142

CHEM& 162, 163


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