Atmospheric Sciences

Atmospheric Sciences

              Undergraduate Program in Atmospheric Sciences

1. Program overview

Major code: 070601

Major in Chinese: 大气科学

Major in English: Atmospheric Sciences

Program duration: Four years

Degrees Conferred: Bachelor of Science


2. Training objective

The objective is to cultivate talents with all-round development of morality, intelligence, physique and aesthetics. Through a four-years’ study, the students will be practice-oriented advanced professional personnel, and they should be able to master the basic theory, knowledge and skill of atmospheric science. The graduates will be engaged in research, teaching, science and technology development or managerial work relevant to atmospheric physics, atmospheric environment, atmospheric sounding, meteorology, climatology, applied meteorology and related disciplines.

Students will learn the basic theory, knowledge of atmospheric science, and they will undergo a basic training to learn how to think and do experiment as a  scientist. They will be able to conduct basic or applied research of atmospheric sciences, and have the skills of theoretical analysis, data processing and computer application. The students will also have the ability to learn new knowledge independently and adapt themselves to a wide range of scientific environment.


(1) Students should seriously study Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and Important Thought of “Three represents” and have a scientific world outlook and the philosophy to serve the people. Students should uphold the four fundamental principles, love their motherland, obey the laws and regulations, keep innovate and hard work, love labor, and they also should have the ideal, ambition and responsibility of struggle for the country prosperity and national rejuvenation.

(2) Students should master systematical theory and knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer. They should have solid basic theory, knowledge and skills of atmospheric sciences, and master the technology and analysis method of atmospheric sounding, and they should also understand the principles and knowledge of related disciplines. They should understand the relevant policies and regulations of national science and technology development, environmental protection, intellectual property rights; they should understand the development trend and theory front of atmospheric science and related disciplines; They should grasp the essential skills of material inquiry and document retrieval, and modern information technology for information inquiry; They should have the ability to design experiments and create experimental conditions, and have the ability of processing and analysis of experimental results and writing papers. They should participate in academic seminars and workshop. They should master the practical skills of computer application, and foreign language. They can smoothly read professional literatures in foreign language, and they should also have strong ability of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

(3) Students should know about sports and military, and they should also be physically and psychologically healthy and can take part in physical exercise, so they can achieve the physical health standard of college students.

(4) Students should have the correct aesthetic and certain appreciation level of literature and art.


4. Major discipline

Atmospheric sciences, Environmental sciences


5. Major courses

Introduction of atmospheric science, atmospheric physics, comprehensive meteorological sounding, principle of synoptic meteorology, dynamical meteorology, climatology, and so on.


6. Arrangement of teaching program

(1) Schedule of teaching activity for each academic year (Attached table 1)

(2) Courses and arrangement (Attached table 2)

(3) Practical training (Attached table 3)


7. Credits requirement for innovation practice

The minimum credit requirement for innovation practice is 8 credits, including 3 credits for social practice. The innovation practice credit is composed of three parts, including credits of research, technique and practice. Students can get credit through various ways, including taking part in social practice, scientific and cultural activity, academic competition, publishing academic papers, developing practical products or obtaining a patent.


8. Credits requirement for graduation

Course types Class hours Credits
Hours Percentage (%) Credits Percentage (%)
Compulsory courses Public course 770 29.68 40.5 24.4
Discipline basic course 764 29.45 41.0 24.7
Basic specialized course 478 18.43 26.5 15.96
Practice course 18.0 10.84
Distributional electives Specialized courses 222 8.56 12.0 7.23
Free electives Specialized optional course 144 5.55 8.0 4.82
Public optional course 216 8.33 12.0 7.23
Innovation practice 80.0 4.79
Total 2594 100.00 166.0 100.00


Attached table 1 Schedule of teaching activity for each academic year





Entrance education Military Training socially useful activity Theory teaching Exam Course practical training Graduation


Graduation thesis Graduation education Spare time Winter and summer vacation Semester subtotal
1 1 2 15 1.5 1.5 5 26
2 (0.5) 17 1.5 0.5 7 26
3 (0.5) 18 1.5 0.5 4 24
4 18 1.5 1 0.5 7 28
5 17 1.5 1 0.5 4 24
6 18 1.5 1 0.5 7 28
7 18 1.5 1 0.5 5 26
8 6 8 0.5 2.5 0 17
Total 1 2 121 10.5 4 6 8 0.5 7 39 199



1. Actual weeks of each semester depends on the specific situation;

2. In general, winter and summer vacation lasts 4 and 7 weeks each academic year, respectively;

3. Social practice is arranged in summer vacation in each academic year;

4. Socially useful activity (about one week) is arranged in the second or third semester by the university, and it will not take up in-class hours.

Attached table 3 Practical training

No. Course code Course title and content Credit Weeks Semester Location
1 J5500001 Military Training 2 1 on and off campus
2 J1140001 Course Practice (Comprehensive meteorological sounding) 1 1 4 on campus
3 J1140002 Course Practice (Statistics in meteorology) 1 1 5 on campus
4 J1140003 Course Practice (Modern synoptic analysis techniques) 1 1 6 on campus
5 J1140004 Course Practice (Climatology) 1 1 7 on campus
6 J1140005 Graduation field work 6 6 8 on and off campus
8 J1140006 Graduation thesis 8 8 8 on and off campus
9 J5400001 Socially useful activity 1 on campus
Total 18 21