Arizona State University
University Senate

Senate Motion #2018-04


Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Caroline Harrison, Chair

Date of First Reading:  August 28, 2017

Date of Second Reading: September 25, 2017

Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning - for the establishment of an undergraduate certificate – Atmospheric Sciences

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.   

Rationale: This certificate represents coursework associated with the requirements for certification as a meteorologist by the National Weather Service (NWS). The certificate alone will not fulfill the NWS requirements for certification as a meteorologist; however, students will receive substantial instruction and practice in meteorology/climatology from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Completion of the program associated with the certificate gives our students acknowledgement of skill sets (GIS and meteorological instrumentation) beyond those existing at other programs around the country (e.g., University of Oklahoma, Pennsylvania State University) and makes our students more competitive for meteorology related positions.



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