MET Curriculum

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 and statistics. In addition, basic education requirements must be met as set forth by the College of Arts and Sciences. A minimum of 120 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 33 semester hours of meteorology courses plus three specialty tracks (16 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 Professional Meteorology Track prepares students for employment with the National Weather Service, the military, or employment with private weather forecasting services. Students who prefer a career in radio and television will select Broadcast Meteorology. Those with a preference for further studies above the undergraduate curriculum here should consider the Graduate School Track. 

 

Meteorology Core Requirements (49 credit hours)
Class Number Course Description Sem. Hours
MET 140/140L Introduction to Meteorology 4
MET 341 Climatology (W) 3
MET 353 General Meteorology 4
MET 354 Dynamic Meteorology I 3
MET 355 Dynamic Meteorology II 3
MET 356 Physical Meteorology 4
MET 454 Synoptic Meteorology I 6
MET 455 Synoptic Meteorology II 6
Total Core Course Hours: 33
Total Hours, including one of the tracks listed below: 49
 
Additional Requirements from Other Disciplines
Physics (8 credit hours)
PH 201 Calculus Based General Physics I 4
PH 202 Calculus Based General Physics II 4
Mathematics (18 credit hours)
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


The Meteorology Tracks

Professional Track (16 credit hours)
Class Number Course Description Sem. Hours
MET 357 Meteorological Instrumentation 2
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 4
- OR -
MET 370 Satellite Meteorology 3
MET 420 Computer Applications in Earth Sciences 4
- OR -
GIT 460 Intro to GIS 4
- AND - 6 or 7 additional elective credit hours 
 
Graduate School Track (16 credit hours)
MET 420 Computer Applications in Earth Sciences 4
MET 4XX Any non-required 400-level class in major or minor 2-4
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 4
- OR -
MET 370 Satellite Meteorology 3
 - AND - 4 or 7 additional elective credit hours
 
Broadcast Meteorology Track (16 credit hours)
MET 342 Severe Weather 3
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 4
MET 359 Introduction to T.V. Weather 2
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1
MET 497 Broadcast Practicum I 3
 - AND - 3 additional elective credit hours

 

Meteorology Electives

Meteorology Electives
Class Number Course Description Sem. Hours
MET 191 Tropical Discussion 1
MET 342 Severe Weather 3
MET 357 Meteorological Instrumentation 2
MET 358 Radar Meteorology 4
MET 360 Atmospheric Analysis 1
MET 370 Satellite Meteorology 3
MET 410 Meteorological Phenomenology (W) 3
MET 420 Computer Applications in Meteorology 4
MET 430 Mesoscale Meteorology 3
MET 440 Air Pollution Meteorology 3
MET 442 Tropical Meteorology 2
MET 456 Applied Climatology (W) 3
MET 490 Special Topics 1-4
MET 492 Seminar 1-4
MET 494 Directed Studies 1-4
MET 495 Mesonet Internship 1-2
MET 496 Internship in Meteorology 1-3
GEO 460 Intro to GIS 4
GY 425 Hydrology 4
MGT 300 Management Theory and Practice 3
MKT 320 Principles of Marketing 3

 

EXAMPLE 4-YEAR METEOROLOGY PROGRAM

Professional Track - Mathematics Minor
First Math Course: MA 115
Total Semester Hours: 120
Year First Semester (Hrs) Second Semester (Hrs)

1

Mathematics 115 (4) Mathematics 125 (4)
English 101 (3) English 102 (3)
Geography 115 (3) History xxx (3)
Language xxx (3) Language xxx (3)
Meteorology 191 (1) Meteorology 140 (4)
CAS 100 (2)  
   
Total Hours - 16 Total Hours - 17
   

2

Mathematics 126 (4) Mathematics 227 (4)
Meteorology 353 (4) Meteorology 341 (3) (W)
Physics 201 (4) Physics 202 (4)
Communication 110 (3) Meteorology 357 (2)
  History xxx (3)
   
Total Hours - 15 Total Hours - 16
   

3

Mathematics 238 (3) Statistics 315 (3)
Meteorology 354 (4) Meteorology 355 (3)
Meteorology 356 (4) Meteorology 358 (4)*
Fine Arts xxx (3) Social Science xxx (3)
Literature xxx (3) Art/Humanity xxx (3)
   
Total Hours - 16 Total Hours - 16
   

4

Meteorology 454 (6) Meteorology 455 (6)
Math Elective xxx (3) (W) Meteorology 420 (4)**
Met Elective xxx (4) Met Elective xxx (3)
Art/Humanity xxx (3) Social Science xxx (3)
   
Total Hours - 16 Total Hours - 16
*Meteorology 358 (4) or Meteorology 370 (3)
**Meteorology 420 (4) or Geography 460 (4)

 

Minor in Meteorology

A student must take 20 semester hours of Meteorology, including

  • MET 140 - Introduction to Meteorology (4 cr.)
  • MET 353 - General Meteorology (4 cr.)
  • MET 341 (W) - Climatology (3 cr.)
  • - AND - 9 semester hours of electives from:
    • MET 191 - Tropical Discussion (1 cr.)
    • MET 342 - Severe Weather (3 cr.)
    • MET 354 - Dynamic Meteorology I (3 cr.)
    • MET 355 - Dynamic Meteorology II (3 cr.)
    • MET 356 - Physical Meteorology (4 cr.)
    • MET 357 - Meteorological Instrumentation (2 cr.)
    • MET 358 - Radar Meteorology (4 cr.)
    • MET 360 - Atmospheric Analysis (1 cr.)
    • MET 370 - Satellite Meteorology (4 cr.)
    • MET 401 - Weather Forecasting I (2 cr.)
    • MET 402 - Weather Forecasting II (2 cr.)
    • MET 410 (W) - Meteorological Phenomenology (3 cr.)
    • MET 420 - Computer Applications in Earth Science (4 cr.)
    • MET 430 - Mesoscale Meteorology (3 cr.)
    • MET 440 - Air Pollution Meteorology (3 cr.)
    • MET 442 - Tropical Meteorology (2 cr.)
    • MET 456 (W) - Applied Climatology (3 cr.)

MET 191 may be taken up to 3 times for credit but will only count once toward the meteorology minor.