Meteorology - BS

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. The undergraduate curriculum in meteorology emphasizes weather and weather forecasting, but also includes courses in climatology, atmospheric chemistry, cloud physics and remote sensing of the atmosphere with radar and satellites. As the curriculum makes clear, the study of these subjects relies on a foundation of physics, chemistry and mathematics. The atmospheric sciences also have close connections to oceanography and hydrology.

Students who receive BS degrees in Meteorology often obtain employment with the National Weather Service, private meteorological consulting and weather forecasting companies, air quality consulting firms, airlines, TV stations, energy trading companies, universities, state governments, agricultural firms and computer-related industries. Some students choose to enter the military services as weather officers. Positions in teaching and research normally require a graduate degree.

Students interested in cooperative educational arrangements and internships should contact the department’s academic advisor for information.

In the curriculum presented, students are advised to note carefully the prerequisites for many of the courses.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ATMO 201Weather and Climate 3
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 151 or MATH 171Engineering Mathematics I or Analytic Geometry and Calculus 14
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ATMO 203Weather Forecasting Laboratory 1
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 152 or MATH 172Engineering Mathematics II or Calculus 14
PHYS 218Mechanics 4
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/political science
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ATMO 251Weather Observation and Analysis 3
ATMO 321 or CSCE 206Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences or Structured Programming in C 3
ATMO 363Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution 3
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III 13
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/political science
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ATMO 324Physical and Regional Climatology 3
MATH 308Differential Equations 13
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics 4
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/political science
General Elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
ATMO 335Atmospheric Thermodynamics 23
ATMO 336Atmospheric Dynamics 24
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I 3
Select one of the following: 3
American history
Government/political science
Atmospheric sciences or tech. elective 31
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ATMO 435Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology 3
Atmospheric sciences or tech. electives 36
COMM 203 or COMM 205Public Speaking or Communication for Technical Professions 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ATMO 446Physical Meteorology 3
ATMO 441 or ATMO 443Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing or Radar Meteorology 3
Atmospheric sciences or tech. electives 33
General elective 4, 53
Social and behavioral science elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Atmospheric sciences or tech. electives 39
Creative arts elective 3
General elective 4, 53
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

A grade of C or better is required.

2

All students enter as Lower Level Meterology (METL) until completion of ATMO 335 and ATMO 336 and the associated prerequisite courses. Once students have completed these courses, their major will be changed to Upper Level Meterology (METR), and they will be eligible to take upper-level electives. This change should occur following Fall of the junior year.

3

Select in consultation with faculty academic advisor.

4

General electives may not include CAEN 101-499; CAEX 101-499; DEVS 101-499; ENGL 103; KINE 198-199MATH 102, MATH 131, MATH 141-142, MATH 150-152, MATH 171-172, MATH 221, MATH 251, MATH 253; PHYS 101, PHYS 201-202, PHYS 208, PHYS 218-219; AERS 100-499; MLSC 100-499; NVSC 100-499; SOMS 100-499.

5

MLSC, NVSC and AERS courses can be used as general electives if a minor is completed in Military Science. See an academic advisor for more information.