Concurrent B.S./M.S. in Meteorology
Students need to have at least a 3.4 GPA, adequate grades in calculus and physics courses, and evidence of potential to do graduate-level research. Upon acceptance, the student’s undergraduate adviser will meet with the student to discuss research interests, and the student will be directed toward faculty members having expertise in that area to discuss the ability of those faculty to serve as major professor(s).
Students seeking the concurrent degrees will have the B.S. requirement for 2 credits of Mteor 499 (senior thesis) waived. Instead, students will take 2 credits of Mteor 590 (Special Topics) during spring semester of year 4 to engage in research toward the Master’s thesis, which is required. It is anticipated that it will take a total of 5 years to complete all work needed for the concurrent B.S. and M.S. degrees. If students decide during fall semester or spring semester to drop the pursuit of the concurrent M.S. degree, the 2 credits of Mteor 590 will count instead of Mteor 499 to allow the student to receive the B.S. degree alone at the end of year 4. This is the only change in the normal B.S. requirements. Students will end up with 30 credits applied to the M.S. degree, and as is usual in Meteorology, 18 of the credits will be from structured courses, with 12 or more credits of Mteor 699 taken while the student does research for the Master’s thesis. It is anticipated that these 12 credits of research will come during year 5, and possibly also during summer between years 4 and 5. Students will defend their M.S. research by the end of year 5.
Students will develop their graduate program of study during fall of year 4, which effectively will be much like the first semester of the normal 2-year M.S. program. The student will be assigned a major professor shortly acceptance into the concurrent program, either by the end of year 3, or during fall of year 4.
Graduate assistantships will not be guaranteed, but these students will be considered the same as other graduate students, and following policies in the University catalog, are eligible for available RAs and TAs in their last two years of study.
A sample semester-by-semester plan is shown below (for years 4 and 5 as nothing would be different from the normal B.S. plan in earlier years):
Students interested in pursuing the concurrent degrees should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.