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Curriculum for the Meteorology Major

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology will be required to take 49 semester hours of meteorology and 15 hours of mathematics as well as courses in physics, statistics, and computer science. In addition, basic education requirements must be met as set forth by the College of Arts and Sciences. A minimum of 128 semester hours is necessary for graduation. Meteorology is a discipline that requires a strong background in mathematics. Therefore, it is essential that the student proceed as quickly as possible into calculus since it serves as the foundation for most meteorology and physics courses.

The meteorology curriculum consists of a core of 35 semester hours of meteorology courses plus four specialty tracks (10-12 semester hours each). Students must enroll in the core curriculum and choose at least one specialty track. The specialty tracks are designed to train students in specific areas of meteorological employment. For example, the Basic Meteorology Track prepares students for employment with the National Weather Service or the military. On the other hand, those students who seek employment with private weather forecasting services will specialize in Industrial Meteorology. Students who prefer a career in radio and television will select Broadcast Meteorology while those with a preference for water resource management and environmental protection will enroll in the Environmental Meteorology Track.

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Meteorology Core Requirements
Class Number Course Description Sem. Hours
MET 140/140L Introduction to Meteorology 4
MET 341 Climatology 3
MET 353 General Meteorology 3
MET 354 Dynamic Meteorology I 3
MET 355 Dynamic Meteorology II 3
MET 356 Physical Meteorology 3
MET 357 Meteorological Instrumentation 2
MET 454 Synoptic Meteorology I 6
MET 455 Synoptic Meteorology II 6
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1-3
Total Hours: 47-49
Additional Requirements from Other Disciplines
Computer Science
CIS 227 Numerical Computation I 3
- OR -
MET 420 Computer Applications in Meteorology 4
Physics
PH 201 Calculus Based General Physics I 4
PH 202 Calculus Based General Physics II 4
Mathematics
MA 125 Calculus I 4
MA 126 Calculus II 4
MA 227 Calculus III 4
MA 238 Applied Differential Equations 3
ST 315 Applied Probability and Statistics 3

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The Meteorology Tracks

Basic Meteorology Track
Class Number Course Description Sem. Hours
MET 492 Satellite Meteorology 1-4
- OR -
GEO 332 Remote Sensing 4
GY 425 Hydrology 4
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 3
 
Industrial Meteorology Track
GY 425 Hydrology 4
MET 492 Industrial Meteorology Seminar 1-3
MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice 3
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing 3
 
Broadcast Meteorology Track
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 3
MET 359 Introduction to T.V. Weather 2
MET 497 Broadcast Practicum I 3
MET 498 Broadcast Practicum II 3
 
Environmental Meteorology Track
GY 425 Hydrology 4
MET 492 Air Pollution Meteorology Seminar 3
GEO 461 Computer Mapping and G.I.S. 4

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Meteorology Electives

Meteorology Core Requirements
Class Number Course Description Sem. Hours
MET 342 Severe Weather 3
MET 420 Computer Applications in Meteorology 4
MET 442 Tropical Meteorology 2
MET 456 Applied Climatology 3
MET 492 Mesoscale Meteorology 1-4
MET 494 Directed Studies 1-4
MET 494 Tropical Discussion 1-4
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1-3

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