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Bachelor of Atmospheric Science
Bachelor of Atmospheric Science

Bachelor of Atmospheric Science

  • ID:UBC010081
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Duration:
  • Intake:
  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • Application Fee:$150.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$40,765.20
  • LivingFee/Year:$4,238.50
  • OtherFee/Year:$798.57
  • Application Fee:$150.00
  • TuitionFee/Year:$40,765.20
  • LivingFee/Year:$4,238.50
  • OtherFee/Year:$798.57

* Student fees , Books and supplies (excluding laptop) ...

Estimated Total/program:
$183,809.08
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Admission Requirements

English requirements

Nine ways to meet UBC’s English language admission requirement

  1. Complete four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC.
  2. Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.
  3. Achieve a final exam grade of 70% or better on the provincial examination portion of Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, BC English 12 (achieved August 2019 or earlier), or equivalents.
  4. Achieve a final grade of 4 or better on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition or AP Literature & Composition; or achieve a final grade of 5 or better on International Baccalaureate English A (higher-level or standard-level).
  5. Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
  6. Successfully complete six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country. You must submit a transcript showing completion of these courses by February 15. For students at North American post-secondary institutions registered in English courses in the January to April term, we will accept a final transcript showing completion of these courses until May 15, if there are spaces left in your degree.
  7. Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language.
  8. Attend four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC. You will need to submit a transcript as soon as possible to UBC’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  9. Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC English Language Institute’s English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

Tests that satisfy UBC’s English Language Admission Standard

Test   Minimum score [1]
CAEL Canadian Academic English Language assessment Overall 70
Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First
C1 Advanced
C2 Proficiency
180
CEL UBC Certificate in English 600
IELTS International English Language Testing System (Academic) 6.5, with no part less than 6.0
PTE Pearson Test of English (Academic) Overall: 65
Reading: 60
Listening: 60
Writing: 60
Speaking: 60
TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (UBC’s institution code is 0965) Overall: 90
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Writing: 21
Speaking: 21
 

Course Information

Atmospheric Science is the study of weather and climate. This highly interdisciplinary specialization focuses on meteorological fields including air quality, environment, climate change, weather monitoring & instrumentation, and consulting. 

Atmospheric Science is the study of weather and climate. The undergraduate specialization is highly interdisciplinary with a focus on numerical problem solving/computation, the atmospheric boundary layer, and physical climatology.

Courses focus on meteorological fields including air quality, environment, climate change, weather monitoring and instrumentation, and consulting. The program has deemphasized traditional weather forecasting to reflect changing industry demands.

The program’s strong emphasis on computation equips students with the computation and mathematical knowledge for data analysis and atmospheric modelling. The program’s interdisciplinary nature emphasis the integration of meteorological knowledge with issues such as air quality, environmental sustainability, and renewable energy.

Atmospheric Science has integrated modern pedagogical practices into its curriculum such as flipped classrooms, just-in-time-teaching (JiTT) and two-phase exams.

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Year 1:

  • CHEM 121 - Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
  • PHYS 109 - Enriched Experimental Physics
  • CPSC 110 - Computation, Programs, and Programming
  • MATH 100 - Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering

Year 2:

  • ATSC 201 - Meteorology of Storms
  • EOSC 211 - Computer Methods in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
  • CPSC 103 - Introduction to Systematic Program Design
  • CPSC 110 - Computation, Programs, and Programming
  • MATH 200 - Calculus III

Year 3:

  • ATSC 301 - Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing
  • ENVR 300 - Introduction to Research in Environmental Science
  • GEOB 300 - Microscale Weather and Climate
  • CHEM 304 - Fundamentals of Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Year 4:

  • ATSC 405 - Cloud Physics and Chemistry
  • ATSC 404 - Dynamic Meteorology
  • ATSC 449 - Honours Project
  • ATSC 406 - Operational Meteorology
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

A BSc in Atmospheric Sciences qualifies students for work in air quality meteorology or environmental consulting, as well as for further study in graduate programs.

Many graduates are employed as weather forecasters for government weather services, with an increasing number finding employment with weather-forecast companies that tailor forecast for agriculture, aviation, and air quality.

Program graduates

  • Operational meteorologist, Environment Canada
  • Weather specialist, BC Public Service
  • Consultant, Environmental Resources Management
  • Air quality specialist, WSP in Canada

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