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Meteorology (METEO) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2004
End Date: Spring Semester 2006

Meteorology - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (METEO)

PROFESSOR WILLIAM H. BRUNE, Head of the Department

Meteorology is a rigorous scientific discipline 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. For students wishing to pursue many of these areas, the department offers several options within the major.

The major requires a solid foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, and it provides a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of atmospheric science. It has sufficient flexibility to permit intensive advanced study in such related areas as mathematics, earth sciences, or engineering. The department has particular strengths in weather analysis and prediction, including forecast uncertainty and severe weather; physical meteorology, including radar meteorology, instrumentation and atmospheric measurements; and applied areas, including atmospheric diffusion, air pollution chemistry, dynamic meteorology, tropical meteorology, climate, 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. The courses unique to each option are normally taken in the junior and senior years.

AIR-QUALITY STUDIES OPTION: This option enables students to gain in-depth knowledge of important areas within the air-quality field. Air-quality meteorologists are employed in both the public and private sectors. Public-sector positions include those with local, state, and federal agencies charged with regulatory, enforcement, and research activities. Within the private sector, air quality meteorologists are employed by consulting firms whose clients are concerned with meeting environmental regulations on emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere or with determining the effects of such emissions. Topics offered in the option include the physical and chemical nature of air pollutants; their sources in industrial processes and human activity; their control at the source; their transport and dispersion through the atmosphere; their interaction with other atmospheric constituents; their removal through cloud processes, fallout, and wet deposition; their effects on ecosystems, materials, and humans; and their economic and societal impacts.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES OPTION: This option challenges students to strengthen and broaden their understanding of the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans. It helps prepare them for employment in the diverse field of the atmospheric sciences and for graduate study in the atmospheric or related disciplines. Students are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research projects under the supervision of atmospheric and oceanic scientists in the department.

CLIMATOLOGY OPTION: This option allows students to learn about the earth's climate from regional to global scales, with emphasis on assessing human impacts on the climate system. Students who pursue this area of study learn how the tropical, mid-latitude and polar regions of the atmosphere interact, as well as learn how the atmosphere interacts with the oceans, land masses and biosphere. Study of the climate changes throughout earth's history provides a perspective on potential climate changes due to human activity. Analysis of the societal aspects of climate change offers a mechanism to evaluate the importance of the magnitudes and uncertainties of the expected physical changes.

ENVIRONMENTAL METEOROLOGY OPTION: Environmental Meteorology prepares the student for understanding the impact of the weather on the environment, which is to say the impacts of air and water on ecosystems at human scales. In order to do this, the option establishes links between atmospheric physics and a variety of environmental disciplines pertaining to land, water, soils, and plants. Depending on his/her interests, the student will select courses in the biological sciences, air or water quality, human dynamics, data analysis and surface microclimate. An important component of this program is an undergraduate research project, in which the student is encouraged to develop a topic that addresses problems related to the environment and society, if possible by interacting with public agencies or groups.

GENERAL OPTION: This option has sufficient flexibility to serve the needs of students who wish to pursue topics chosen broadly from subdisciplines of meteorology or from related areas. The General option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to emphasize a topic for which no option exists.

WEATHER FORECASTING AND COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: This option prepares students for careers in which their skills are weather forecasters are effectively used in a variety of ways, from science reporting and television broadcasting to web design and computer-based weather graphics production.

For a Meteorology course to serve as a prerequisite for any subsequent prescribed or supporting Meteorology course in the major, a grade of C or better must be earned in the prerequisite course.

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: 45 credits
(24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1-8 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 92-99 credits
(This includes 24 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 74 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (55 credits)
CHEM 012 GN(3), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 251(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 3-4)
METEO 300(3), METEO 411(4)[1], METEO 421(4)[1], METEO 422(4)[1], METEO 431(3)[1], METEO 436(3)[1], METEO 437(3)[1], METEO 445(1)[1], METEO 446(1)[1], METEO 473(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (19 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3), CMPSC 201C GQ(3) or CMPSC 201F GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 230 (4)[1] or MATH 231(2) [1] and MATH 232(2) [1] (Sem: 3-4)
ENNEC 472 or STAT 301 GQ(3) or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-6)
CAS 100 GWS(3) or ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-8)
METEO 101 GN(3) or METEO 200A(1.5) and METEO 200B(1.5) or METEO 201(3) (Sem: 1-5)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 18-25 credits

AIR-QUALITY STUDIES OPTION (18-21 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
CHEM 013 GN(3) (Sem: 1-6)
M E 470(3), METEO 454(3), METEO 455(3) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from ENNEC 484W(3), E R M 430(3), F SC 401(3), F SC 422(3), F SC 430(3), GEOG 357(3), GEOG 406(3), M E 405(3), STAT 462(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (0-3 credits)
Select 0-3 credits from any writing-intensive (W) course offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (Sem: 7-8)

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES OPTION: (18-19 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-13 credits)
Select 12-13 credits from METEO 414(4), METEO 433(3), METEO 434(3), METEO 448(3), METEO 451(3), METEO 452(3), METEO 454(3), METEO 455(3), METEO 465(3), METEO 466(3), METEO 470(3), METEO 471W(3), METEO 472W(3), METEO 475W(3), METEO 480W(3) (Up to 9 of these credits in relevant courses in Acoustics, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics may be substituted with the approval of the student's adviser.) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits of W courses or their equivalent. Three of these six W credits must be selected from any writing-intensive course offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. (Sem: 7-8)

CLIMATOLOGY OPTION (18 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
GEOG 406(3) or GEOG 408W(3); GEOSC 320(3); METEO 451(3), METEO 470(3), METEO 475W(3)/GEOSC 475W(3) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
Select 3 credits from GEOG 406(3)*, GEOG 408W(3)*, GEOG 432W(3), GEOG 433W(3), GEOG 437(3), METEO 452(3), METEO 466(3), METEO 472W(3) (Sem: 6-8)
*If not taken as a Prescribed Course

ENVIRONMENTAL METEOROLOGY OPTION: (22 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), C E 370(3), GEOG 121 GS(3), METEO 454(3), METEO 480W(3) (Sem: 2-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from A B E 400(3), C E 475(3), ENNEC 100 GS(3), E R M 430(3), F SC 430(3), GEOG 330(3), GEOG 352(3), GEOG 357(3), GEOG 453(3), M E 033(3), M E 405(3), M E 470(3), METEO 448(3), METEO 455(3), STAT 462(3), W F S 209 GN(3) (Sem: 2-8)

GENERAL OPTION: (19 credits)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (19 credits)
Select 3 credits from any writing-intensive (W) course offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (Sem: 7-8)
Select 16 credits from 400-level METEO courses and/or 200-, 300-, or 400-level courses from the Colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Engineering, and/or Science (Sem: 7-8)

WEATHER FORECASTING AND COMMUNICATIONS OPTION (22-25 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
METEO 481(3), METEO 482(3) (Sem: 5-6)
METEO 414(4), METEO 415(3) (Sem: 6-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from CAS 211(3) (Sem: 5-8), ENGL 416(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), METEO 412(4), METEO 413(3), METEO 416(3), METEO 418W(3), METEO 483(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (0-3 credits)
Select 0-3 credits from any writing-intensive (W) course offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[71] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated courses is not offered: CAS 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2004

Blue Sheet Item #: 32-04-032

Review Date: 1/20/04

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