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BS in Meteorology & Climatology

The Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology and Climatology. This program combines basic atmospheric science and climatologic science with a rigorous training in mathematics, physics, and computer science. 

The emphasis of this degree program is on developing a broad understanding of the fundamental physical and dynamical processes governing the motions and behavior of the atmosphere, and its interactions with the underlying land and ocean surfaces, developing the skills to observe and analyze meteorological and satellite data, and create and interpret weather forecasts for use in industry, agriculture, business, and government.

This comprehensive degree program will prepare students for potential employment in state, federal, and private agencies involved in the many applied fields of meteorology and climatology. The program will also assist the student in preparation for graduate studies in meteorology and climatology.  Graduates of the program will satisfy the US Government’s Office of Personnel Management GS 1340 requirements, which define “meteorologist” for the purposes of federal employment. In addition, the program satisfies the similar recommended curriculum requirements of the American Meteorological Society. 


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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 124 credits is required.  

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General and University Requirements

University Requirements
First Year Experience 1
ENGL110 Critical Reading and Writing 3
Discovery Learning Experience 3
Multicultural Course 3
College Requirements
Second Writing Requirement 3
Foreign Language Requirement
[Completion of the intermediate-level in an ancient or modern language]
Or Completion of the following Computer Science sequence:  
CISC 106 General Computer Science for Engineers 3
CISC 181 Introduction to Computer Science II 3
CISC 220 Data Structures 3
CISC 275 Introduction to Software Engineering 3
Breadth Requirements
(3 credits from each category used to fulfill University Breadth requirements)
Creative Arts and Humanities 6
History and Cultural Change 6
Social and Behavior Sciences 6
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology 3

Major Requirements

Core course requirements

All core courses used to satisfy graduation requirements must be passed with a minimum grade of C-

GEOG 220 and 221 Introductory Meteorology, with Laboratory Section 4
GEOG 420 Atmospheric Physics and Thermodynamics 3
GEOG 421 Physical Meteorology 3
GEOG 423 Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
GEOG 452 Seminar in Climatology 1
GEOG 453 Meteorological Analysis I 3
GEOG 454 Meteorological Analysis II 3
At least one course from:
GEOG 271 Geographic Data Analysis 3
GEOG 405 Computer Programming for Environmental Research 2

At least one course from:

GEOG 351 Field Methods in Meteorology 3
GEOG 451 Microclimatology 4
GEOG 475 Satellite Climatology 3
MAST 681 Remote Sensing of Environment 3

At least 9 additional credits from:

GEOG 341 Climate and Climate Change 3
GEOG 342 Bioclimatology 3
GEOG 351 Field Methods in Meteorology 3
GEOG 408 Heat and Light in Nature – Radiative Transfer 3
GEOG 409 The Ocean and Climate Variation 3
GEOG 413 Meteorological Processes for Wind Energy 3
GEOG 415 Meteorologic Processes in Air Pollution 3
GEOG 426 Atmospheric Dynamics II 3
GEOG 451 Microclimatology 4
GEOG 456 Hydroclimatology 3
GEOG 457 Numerical Weather Prediction 3

GEOG 458

Paleoclimatology 3
GEOG 459 Regional Climate Modeling: Techniques and Applications  
GEOG 474 Introduction to Environmental Remote Sensing 3
GEOG 475 Satellite Climatology 3
GEOG 657 Climate Dynamics 3
MAST 402 Physical Oceanography 3
MAST 681 Remote Sensing of Environment 3

And 3 credits from:

GEOG 320 Water & Society 3
GEOG 422 Resources, Development, and the Environment 3
GEOG 446 Political Ecology 3
GEOG 449 Environment & Society 3
MAST 428 Offshore Wind Power: Science, Engineering & Policy 3
MAST 462 Climate Change: Policy, Equity, and Mitigation 3

Supporting Math and Science Requirements

Supporting Math and Science Requirements

MATH 241, 242 & 243 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A, B, and C 12
MATH 302 Ordinary Differential Equations 3
PHYS 207/PHYS 208 Fundamentals of Physics I and II 8
And at least one of the following courses
CHEM 103 General Chemistry  
ENSC 475 Statistics for Environmental Science  
MATH 349 Elementary Linear Algebra  

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