The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology provides a practical understanding of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere and prepares the graduate for a range of meteorologist positions in government or industry.  

Bachelor of Science in
Applied Meteorology

: Students discussing weather models in the weather lab.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology provides a practical understanding of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere and prepares the graduate for a range of meteorologist positions in government or industry. Students use a state-of-the-art Weather Center and computer-equipped classrooms to understand and forecast complex atmospheric phenomena ranging from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, to cyclones, fronts, and jet streams, to global climate and how it is changing.

Emphasis is placed on applying theory to operational weather forecasting and decision-making for weather-sensitive industries, including possible hands-on experience as a meteorology intern. The program prepares graduating students for careers as meteorologists with the government, military, television, or the private sector, as dispatchers, or for graduate studies toward a career in research or academia.

Both areas of concentration meet all the requirements for undergraduate study in meteorology recommended by the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Air Force. All graduates also meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for the position of meteorologist.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours for the Research Area of Concentration or 129-130 credit hours for the Meteorology for Aviation Operations Area of Concentration. Students should be aware that many courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites and should plan to begin the required math-calculus sequence as soon as they are eligible. In addition, many meteorology (WX) classes, except WX 201, WX 2xx (lab) and WX 301, are offered only once per year.

The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below.

Note: Many meteorology courses are only offered once per academic year.

Areas of Concentration (AOC)

Research AOC

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
EC/SS Lower-Level Economics -OR- Social Sciences 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
COM 219 Speech 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 150 Physics for Engineers I 3
PS 216 Physics I Laboratory 1
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
WX 353 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere **3
 Credits Subtotal31
Sophomore Year
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory 0
CS 125 Computer Science I 3-4
or EGR 115
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
Lower-Level Humanities HU 14X 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
PS 160 Physics for Engineers II 3
WX 270 Weather Information Systems 3
WX 354 Dynamics of the Atmosphere **3
WX 363 Thunderstorms 3
WX 365 Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation **3
 Credits Subtotal29-30
Junior Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
Lower-Level Economics -OR- Social Sciences 3
Upper-Level Huamnities -OR- Social Sciences 3
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
WX 220 Data Analysis and Visualization 3
WX 261 Applied Climatology 3
WX 355 Weather Analysis 5
WX 390 Atmospheric Physics 3
WX 420 Advanced Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
 Credits Subtotal33
Senior Year
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
WX 427 Forecasting Techniques 3
WX 457 Weather Operations Seminar 3
WX 490 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I 3
WX 491 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II 3
Open Electives 11-12
 Credits Subtotal26-27
 Credits Total 120

Meteorology for Aviation Operations AOC

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
AS 121 Private Pilot Operations 5
AS 121L Private Pilot Operations Lab 0
COM 122 English Composition 3
HU 14X Lower-Level Humanities 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 150 Physics for Engineers I 3
PS 216 Physics I Laboratory 1
UNIV 101 College Success *(1)
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
WX 353 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere **3
 Credits Subtotal33
Sophomore Year
AS 221 Instrument Pilot Operations 3
AS 221L Instrument Pilot Operations Laboratory 1
AT 200 Air Traffic Basics I 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 105L General Chemistry I Laboratory 0
CS 125 Computer Science I 3-4
or EGR 115
Introduction to Computing for Engineers
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
or MA 412
Probability and Statistics
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
PS 160 Physics for Engineers II 3
WX 270 Weather Information Systems 3
WX 354 Dynamics of the Atmosphere 3
WX 363 Thunderstorms 3
 Credits Subtotal33-34
Junior Year
AS 309 Aerodynamics 3
AS 310 Aircraft Performance 3
COM 219 Speech 3
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
WX 220 Data Analysis and Visualization 3
WX 261 Applied Climatology 3
WX 355 Weather Analysis 5
WX 420 Advanced Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
WX 390 Atmospheric Physics 3
 Credits Subtotal33
Senior Year
AS 350 Domestic and International Navigation 3
AS 410 Airline Dispatch Operations 3
Lower-Level Economics -OR- Social Sciences 6
Upper-Level Huamnities -OR- Social Sciences 3
WX 365 Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation 3
WX 427 Forecasting Techniques 3
WX 457 Weather Operations Seminar 3
WX 490 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I 3
WX 491 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II 3
 Credits Subtotal30
 Credits Total 129-130
*

UNIV 101 meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirement

**

Courses only offered one semester per academic year. Please check course schedule or department.

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