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AOES Major

Major: Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences B.S.

The AEOS major is exciting, timely, and relevant. Contact an advisor for more information!

Preparation for the Major

  • Two courses from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS): 1/1L, 2/2L, 3/3L
    • AOS 2 and AOS 3 are suggested for students concentrating in dynamics/synoptic meteorology and air pollution
    • AOS 1 is suggested for students concentrating in oceanography or climate studies.
  • 1 of two Chemistry Sequences:
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry sequence for physical scientists: 20A and 20B*
    • Chemistry and Biochemistry sequence for life scientists: 14A and 14B
  • 1 of two Calculus Sequences:
    • Calculus sequence for physical scientists and engineers: Math 31A, 31B, 32A, 32B, 33A, and 33B*
    • Calculus sequence for life scientists: Math 3A, 3B, 3C
  • 1 of three Physics Sequences:
    • Engineering Physics sequence lectures: 1A, 1B, 1C; and labs: 4AL, 4BL*
    • Honors Physics sequence lectures: 1AH, 1BH, 1CH; and labs: 4AL, 4BL
    • Life Science Physics sequence lectures: 6A, 6B, 6C
  • Program in Computing 10A

* Students interested in graduate school are very strongly recommended to take the physical sciences sequence.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one year of calculus, one year of calculus-based physics with laboratory, one general chemistry course with laboratory for majors, and one C++ programming course.

Refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

  • Four courses from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) 101, 102, 103, 104, and M105
  • Three additional upper division AOS courses selected in consultation with the undergraduate advisers
  • AOES major requirements include two upper division courses from other science departments.
    Upper division Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics courses are eligible with exceptions as noted — examples of those that may be particularly useful are listed below.
    For other departments, the courses listed below by department have been approved by the undergraduate advisors for use by petition. This list may be revised.

 

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Examples of upper division Chemistry courses that may be particularly useful are listed below; other upper division Chemistry courses are eligible by petition.

Chem 103. Environmental Chemistry

Chem 110A. Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics

Chem 110B. Physical Chemistry: Introduction to Statistical Mechanics and Kinetics

Chem 114/114H Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Chem 125. Computers in Chemistry

Chem 113A: Intro Quantum Mechanics

Chem C113B: Intro Molecular Spectroscopy

Chem 114: Physical Chemistry Lab

Chem 184. Chemical Instrumentation

 

Physics

Examples of upper division Physics courses that may be particularly useful are listed below; other upper division Chemistry courses are eligible by petition.

Phys 112. Thermodynamics.

Phys 110A,B. Electricity and Magnetism

Phys 114. Mechanics of Wave Motion and Sound.

Phys 116. Electronics.

Phys 117. Electronics for Physics Measurement

Phys 118. Electronics for Physical Measurements.

Phys 131. Mathematical Methods of Physics

Phys 132. Mathematical Methods of Physics

M155. Energy in Modern Economy.

Phys 160. Numerical Analysis Techniques and Particle Simulations.

Phys 180B. Physical Optics and Spectroscopy Laboratory

Phys 188A. Physics of Energy.

Phys 188B. Computational Physics and Astronomy Laboratory

 

Mathematics

Examples of upper division Mathematics courses that may be particularly useful are listed below; other upper division Chemistry courses are eligible by petition except Math 105A- 105C.

Math 115A/AH-115B. Linear Algebra

Math 133. Introduction to Fourier Analysis

Math 134. Linear and Nonlinear Systems of Differential Equations

Math 135. Ordinary Differential Equations.

Math 136. Partial Differential Equations

Math 142. Mathematical Modeling

Math 146. Methods of Applied Mathematics.

Math 151A-151B. Applied Numerical Methods

Math 153. Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations

Math 156. Machine Learning

Math 157. Software Techniques for Scientific Computation.

Math 170A,B. Probability Theory

Math 171. Stochastic Processes.

 

Statistics

Examples of upper division Statistics courses that may be particularly useful are listed below; other upper division Chemistry courses are eligible by petition.

Stats 100A. Introduction to Probability

Stats 100B. Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

Stats 100C. Linear Models

Stats 101A. Introduction to Data Analysis and Regression

Stats 101B. Introduction to Design and Analysis of Experiment

Stats 101C. Introduction to Statistical Models and Data Mining

Stats 102A. Introduction to Computational Statistics with R

Stats 102C. Introduction to Monte Carlo Methods

Stats 170. Introduction to Time-Series Analysis.

M171 Introduction to Spatial Statistics

C173. Applied Geostatistics

C180. Introduction to Bayesian Statistics

 

Other science departments

The courses listed below by department have been approved by the undergraduate advisors for use by petition. This list may be revised.

 

Computer Science

CS 111. Operating Systems Principles.

CS 112. Modeling Uncertainty in Information Systems.

CS 118. Computer Network Fundamentals

CS 130. Software Engineering

C137A. Prototyping Programming Languages

CS 143. Database Systems

CS 170A. Mathematical Modeling and Methods for Computer Science.

CS 180. Introduction to Algorithms and Complexity.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

C&EE 103 Applied Numerical Computing and Modeling in Civil and Envirnmental Engineering

C&EE 110 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Engineers

 

Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

E&EB 109 Introduction to Marine Sciences

E&EB 152 World Vegetation Ecology and Ecophysiology

E&EB C173 Earth Process and Evolutionary History

 

Environmental Health Sciences

EHS C125 Atmospheric Transport and Transformations of Airborne Chemicals

EHS C152D Properties and Measurement of Airborne Particles

 

Environment

ENV M109 Human Impact on Biophysical Environment: What Science Has Learned

ENV M114 Soild and Water Conservation

ENV 157 Energy, Environment, and Development

 

Earth & Planetary Space Sciences

ESS/EPSS 150 Remote Sensing for Earth Sciences

ESS/EPSS 152 Physics of Earth

ESS/EPSS 153 Oceans and Atmospheres

 

Geography

GEOG 102 Tropical Climatology

GEOG 104 Climatology

GEOG M131 Environmental Change

GEOG 168 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 169 Satellite Remote Sensing and Imaging Geographic Information Systems

 

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

MAE 103 Elementary Fluid Mechanics

 

*** Courses taken to fulfill requirements must be taken for letter grades.***


For the official requirements, please visit the UCLA Registrar website.

General Catalog Current Course Descriptions website