Begin Date: Summer Session 1991
End Date: Fall Semester 1998
PROFESSOR DENNIS W. THOMSON, Head of the Department
Meteorology is devoted to the attainment of an increased understanding of the atmosphere and the development of methods for applying that knowledge to practical problems. Although this field is usually associated with weather prediction, it also has significance in environmental, energy, agricultural, oceanic, and hydrological sciences.
The major provides a background in the fundamentals of atmospheric sciences and has sufficient flexibility to permit intensive study of several specialties. Since meteorology is an interdisciplinary field, students are encouraged to develop interests in the mathematical or physical sciences or in engineering. The department has particular strengths in weather analysis and prediction: physical meteorology, including instrumentation and atmospheric measurements; and applied areas, including atmospheric diffusion, air pollution chemistry, dynamic meteorology, and remote sensing.
Graduating meteorologists are prepared for professional employment with industry, private consulting firms, government, and the armed forces or for further study toward graduate degrees normally required for research, university, or management positions.
The freshman and sophomore years are largely devoted to preparatory work in science, mathematics, and the liberal arts. The junior and senior years involve a core of basic courses in applied and theoretical topics and a choice of courses offering specialized training.
For the B.S. degree in Meteorology, a minimum of 121 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
ELECTIVES: 6 credits
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 84 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (61 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), CHEM 012 GN(3), PHYS 201 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 231(2), 251(4), STAT 301 GQ(3), PHYS 202 GN(4), 204 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
METEO 401(3), 411(4), 421(4), 422(4), 431(3), 436(3), 437(3), 445(1), 446(1), 473(3) (Sem: 5-6)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or 201F GQ(3),
Select 3 credits from GEOG 432W(3), 433W(3), METEO 471W(3), 480W(3) (Sem: 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (17 credits)
Select 17 credits from 400-level METEO courses and/or 300- or 400-level
courses from the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, and/or Eberly College of Science (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 7-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
The Pennsylvania State University ©1998
The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Sesssion 1991
Blue Sheet Item #: 19-01-003
Review Date: 9/17/98