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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ATMO 201 Weather and Climate 3
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH 151
Engineering Mathematics I 1
or Analytic Geometry and Calculus
4
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ATMO 203 Weather Forecasting Laboratory 1
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 152
Engineering Mathematics II 1
or Calculus
4
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ATMO 251 Weather Observation and Analysis 3
ATMO 321
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences
or Structured Programming in C
3
ATMO 363 Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution 3
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ATMO 324 Physical and Regional Climatology 3
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
General Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
ATMO 335 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 2 3
ATMO 336 Atmospheric Dynamics 2 4
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
Select one of the following: 3
 
 
Atmospheric sciences or tech. elective 3 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
ATMO 435 Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology 3
Atmospheric sciences or tech. electives 3 6
COMM 203
Public Speaking
or Communication for Technical Professions
3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ATMO 446 Physical Meteorology 3
ATMO 441
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing
or Radar Meteorology
3
Atmospheric sciences or tech. electives 3 3
General elective 4, 5 3
Social and behavioral science elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Atmospheric sciences or tech. electives 3 9
Creative arts elective 3
General elective 4, 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120