Meteorology (BS) - Professional Track
Majors in Arts and Sciences may be completed with a minimum of 120 semester hours unless designated otherwise. At least 30 hours of course work, which represents 25% of the required 120 hours, must be at the upper division level in order to fulfill the University’s residency requirement. At least 15 of the 30 upper-division hours must be in the major or concentration area. An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the student’s major or concentration area.
A student with a major in Meteorology must take a group of required courses totaling at least 47 semester hours. Meteorology students must take a core of 32 semester hours of meteorology courses, plus one of the three specialty tracks listed below. Each specialty track allows for flexibility with required course selections and electives.
The meteorology degree also requires MA 125, 126, 227, 238, PH 201, 202; ST 315.
|Meteorology Major Requirements (47 hrs)||Credit Hours|
|Core requirements for a meteorology major||32|
|MET 140 and 140L||4 hrs|
|MET 443 (W)||3 hrs|
|MET 353||4 hrs|
|MET 354||3 hrs|
|MET 355||3 hrs|
|MET 356||3 hrs|
|MET 454||6 hrs|
|MET 455||6 hrs|
|Group 1 - Professional Meteorology Track:||15|
|MET 357||2 hrs|
|MET 358 OR MET 370||3-4 hrs|
|MET 420 OR GIT 460||4 hrs|
|Choose 5-6 hrs of electives from the list below.||5-6 hrs|
|Choose from these electives as directed by your Track:|
|MET 191||1 hr|
|MET 342||3 hrs|
|MET 357||2 hrs|
|MET 358||4 hrs|
|MET 360||1 hr|
|MET 370||3 hrs|
|MET 410 (W)||3 hrs|
|MET 420||4 hrs|
|MET 430||3 hrs|
|MET 440||2 hrs|
|MET 442||2 hrs|
|MET 456 (W)||3 hrs|
|MET 490||1-3 hrs|
|MET 492||1-3 hrs|
|MET 495||1-2 hrs|
|MET 496||1-2 hrs|
|GY 425||4 hrs|
|GIT 460||4 hrs|
|MGT 300||3 hrs|
|MKT 320||3 hrs|
|MET 359||2 hrs|
|Additional electives may be approved on a case by case basis.|
|MET 191 may be taken up to 3 times for credit but will only count once toward a meteorology elective.|
|Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.||15|
General Education Requirements for Meteorology Majors
Areas I, II, and IV of the General Education Requirements for Meteorology are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences section. Note that Area III requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.
The Department of Earth Sciences includes the disciplines of Geography, Geology, and Meteorology, and it offers a B.S. degree as well as a minor in each of these three majors. Students can also earn a GIS Certificate and/or a minor in Geographic Information Technology (GIT)
Geography, which is both a natural and a social science, studies the location, spatial distribution, and spatial interaction of Earth's natural and human environments. Courses and research in the program encompasses the broad subfields of Human Geography(for example, tourism, health, and social justice), Physical Geography (like climatology, natural hazards, and environmental geography), Regional Geography(International Economics and Relations), and Geographic Techniques, including Geographic Information Science Science (GIS) and remote sensing. Upon completing their degree, geography students are employed in government, industry, and nonprofits in multiple kinds of work environments (includes field, lab, computer, office and work).
Geology is an interdisciplinary physical science pertaining to the study of the Earth. Courses and research within the department address the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, soils, sediments, and water; the processes that shape the Earth’s surface; the stratigraphic, paleobiological, and geochemical records of Earth history; and the processes associated with deformation in the Earth’s crust and mantle. Together an understanding is obtained of present-day, historical, and long-term feedbacks between global systems, as well as the origin and occurrence of our natural resources.
Meteorology is the study of atmospheric phenomena and the processes that cause weather. The science of meteorology is firmly rooted in basic physical laws governing mass, momentum, and energy. Many weather processes are simulated by complex computer models; however, accurate weather analysis and forecasting often requires meteorologists to identify and conceptualize weather patterns often missed by automated techniques.
The programs of the Department of Earth Sciences are designed to give the non-major a background in Earth and atmospheric science and the human impact on the landscape as part of a general education. Students pursuing a degree in Geography, Geology, or Meteorology must also have a minor in another discipline.
The Department of Earth Sciences offers a departmental honors program that allows exceptional students to pursue independent research. Students work with a faculty committee to choose an Earth Sciences research project (Geography, Geology, Meteorology), develop a prospectus, and complete a senior thesis. Students completing this program graduate with departmental honors.
Requirements for successful completion of an honors degree in Geography, Geology, or Meteorology include a GPA of at least 3.50 at graduation and completion of ES 492 (Honors Earth Sciences Seminar), ES 497 (Senior Thesis Prospectus), and six hours of ES 499 (Senior Honors Thesis). These classes are in addition to those required for the major in Geography, Geology, or Meteorology. All honors courses are listed under the prefix ES. Students interested in Earth Sciences honors must apply for the program by their junior year. Complete requirements are available on the departmental web page.
All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. Students must demonstrate technology proficiency by passing the designated class in their major. GEO 331 for Geography majors, GY 301 for Geology majors, or MET 455 for Meteorology majors.
Although the Department of Earth Sciences has no graduate degree program, courses, including Geographic Information Technology (GIT), are offered at the graduate level for students enrolled in Marine Sciences and Environmental Toxicology, and others who need such course work. Contact the Department for more information.