The Bachelor of Applied Science: Meteorology emphasis is a Unique Program Open to those with a CCAF in Meteorology from the United States Air Force

An Approved Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC) in Applied Science: Meteorology

The University of Arizona is approved by the Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC) to provide a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree with an emphasis in Meteorology fully online program for Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduates in weather technology and/or meteorology. This program is compliant with the National Weather Service (NWS), the OPM 1340 Meteorology Series requiements, and is at a high compliance level with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) standards, particularly with the addition of ordinary differential equations and hydrology (see program courselist for more info), when considered along with the content gained through the CCAF Associate's degree in Meteorology.  As the only fully online Bachelor of Applied Science: Meteorology emphasis program in the United States, 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 Applied Science: Meteorology emphasis degree, airmen will effectively eliminate a year-and-a-half of study. At full-time status, our Applied Science: Meteorology emphasis degree can be earned by completing the 45 upper division semester hour credits.  At this time, the Physics coursework is 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.
  • Must prove ready to begin pre-calculus coursework within the first year (this can be done by providing transcripts showing credits earned in college algebra within the last 18 months, for example). 

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 to explain weather phenomena, and for use in other scientific disciplines.

Upon completion of your degree, you will receive a University of Arizona Diploma that looks similar to the one below (except the emphasis will say "Meteorology"):

Diploma Example

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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.