The emphasis of the Bachelor of Science degree program in meteorology is on developing a broad understanding of the fundamental physical and dynamic processes governing the motions and behavior of the atmosphere as a fluid system. Basic courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics are prerequisites to the meteorology program and are considered the foundation courses on which the meteorology program is built.
Each student is encouraged to develop a strong minor or areas of emphasis to complement his or her major in meteorology. Disciplines commonly selected (professional goal in parentheses) are: Agronomy (agricultural meteorology), Chemical Engineering (private consulting), Computer Science (graduate school), Education (secondary teaching), Geology or Chemistry (environmental science), Mathematics (graduate school), Physics (graduate school), Speech (radio, TV), or Statistics (climatology).
The Meteorology curriculum is divided into a Pre-Meteorology program and a Professional Meteorology program. Students are recommended for the professional Meteorology program after they have completed the Pre-Meteorology program and have achieved credit in Mathematics 165 and 166 (Calculus I, II) and Physics 221. A grade of C or better (not C-) is required in the following courses to meet minimum graduation requirements for Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology: Mteor 206 and 301.
The department offers a minor in Meteorology which may be earned by completing 15 credits including Mteor 111, Mteor 206 and Mteor 301. Note that only one credit of Mteor 111 and no credits of Mteor 324 can count toward the minor. Further information concerning programs of study, including sample degree programs, is available from the department.