Pierce College's courses in atmospheric sciences explore such topics as weather forecasting, climate change, air quality, mountain and marine weather, El Nino and current global climates.

Atmospheric Science Program Description

Few things impact our daily lives as profoundly as weather and atmospheric conditions. Whether you're simply looking to expand your understanding of these powerful forces or you're interested in transforming your weather passion in an exciting career, Pierce College is a great place to start.

Studies in atmospheric science can lead to careers in such fields as:

  • Weather forecasting
  • Environmental science
  • Meteorology
  • Marine and aviation sciences

Atmospheric Science Focus

Students wishing to major in atmospheric sciences at a four-year school are encouraged to take the following Pierce College courses:

  • Intro to Weather (ATMOS 101)
  • General Chemistry I, II, and III (CHEM& 161-163)
  • Computer Sciences and Programming
  • Pre-calculus I (MATH& 141)
  • Calculus I, II, and III (MATH& 151-153)
  • Engineering Physics I, II, and III (PHYS& 221-223)

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Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.


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The Associate of Arts (AA-DTA) is for liberal arts transfer students. It is also sometimes known as the DTA Associate degree. These degrees can be tailored to your university of choice.


Students typically working toward their transfer degree (Direct Transfer Associate's degree) take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities.


Atmospheric science courses may be taken as electives and are especially valuable to students planning on majoring in this or a related field at a four-year school. Check with the school you wish to attend for detailed information on transfer requirements.


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Program Contacts

Tom Bush
Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences
Beth Norman
Earth Science Professor and Coordinator