The BAS in Meteorology is a Unique Program Open to those with a CCAF in Meteorology from the United States Air Force

Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC) in Meteorology

The University of Arizona is approved by the Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC) to provide a Meteorology online bachelor’s degree program for Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduates in weather technology (or equivalent). As the only online meteorology program in the United States leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Meteorology, this degree has been designed in close collaboration with the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  

The curriculum is fully quantitative, meaning that atmosheric concepts are studied through applied physics, mathematics, and computer programming.

The mission of this program is to serve the educational needs of military personnel both locally and abroad to become professional meteorologists eligible for promotion. The program is offered entirely online allowing students to access classes around their work schedules wherever they are located in the world.  By applying the AAS credits toward the BAS degree, airmen will effectively eliminate the first two years of study. At full time status our BAS degree can be earned by completing the 45 upper division semester hour credits.  At this time the Math (Calculus 1, 2, and 3) and Physics coursework are taken outside of the University and transferred into the degree.


  • Active duty in the United States Air Force is NOT required.
  • Hold an Associate of Applied Science degree (CCAF – our agreement is with the Air Force branch only) with a concentration in weather technology or the equivalent.
  • Strongly encouraged to have completed coursework in pre-calculus, though completion of algebra is acceptable.

Program Objectives

  • Develop scientific skill sets to become effective leaders in weather-related careers.
  • Ultilize the most current scientific concepts to frame and solve meteorological problems.
  • Develop math and physics skills suitable for use in other scientific disciplines.

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The "father" of Air Weather Service, Col. Randolph P. "Pinkie" Williams worked to emphasize the need for a military weather service. The Chief Signal Officer of the Army expanded the Signal Corps' Meteorological section in 1935 as a result of the many studies and reports provided by then Capt. Williams.