Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, B.S.

Program Code: METEO_BS

Entrance to Major

In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements described in the University Policies, the Meteorology entrance-to-major requirement must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: MATH 140.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, a minimum of 121 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 4-9
Requirements for the Major 93-95

23-26 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 8 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 0-3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

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.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
EMSC 100SEarth and Mineral Sciences First-Year Seminar Keystone/General Education Course 13
MATH 251Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations4
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
PHYS 212General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MATH 141Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course4
METEO 300Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science4
METEO 411Synoptic Meteorology Laboratory4
METEO 421Atmospheric Dynamics4
METEO 431Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
METEO 440WPrinciples of Atmospheric Measurements3
METEO 470Climate Dynamics3
Additional Courses
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202C Effective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
CMPSC 202
Introduction to Programming Techniques for Meteorology
Select one of the following:3
Quantitative Analysis in Earth Sciences
Statistical Analysis I Keystone/General Education Course
Experimental Methods
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:3
Understanding Weather Forecasting Keystone/General Education Course
METEO 200A
or METEO 200B
Introduction to Weather Analysis
Select one of the following:4
Calculus and Vector Analysis
Calculus of Several Variables
and Integral Vector Calculus
Requirements for the Option
Select an option27-29

Requirements for the Option

Atmospheric Science Option (27-28 credits)
Prescribed Courses
METEO 422Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics3
Additional Courses
Select 6-13 credits of the following: 16-13
Mesoscale Meteorology
Radar Meteorology
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Tropical Meteorology
Atmospheric Dispersion
Middle Atmosphere Meteorology
Planetary Atmospheres
METEO 471
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing Systems
Undergraduate Research
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-6 credits of the following:3-6
Application of Computers to Meteorology
Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting
Select 6-9 credits of the following:6-9
Radiation and Climate
Atmospheric Chemistry and Cloud Physics
Introduction to Micrometeorology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of W courses or their equivalent in addition to the following:3
Principles of Atmospheric Measurements
Environmental Meteorology Option (27-29 credits)
Prescribed Courses
CE 370Introduction to Environmental Engineering3
METEO 455Atmospheric Dispersion3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
METEO 454Introduction to Micrometeorology3
Additional Courses 1
Select 15-17 credits of the following:15-17
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
Fluid Mechanics
Water-resource Engineering
Water Quality Chemistry
Environmental Microbiology for Engineers
Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course
Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course
Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics
Experimental Physical Chemistry
Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics
Air Pollution Impacts to Terrestrial Ecosystems
Limnology
Stream Restoration
Wetland Conservation
Landscape Ecology
Introduction to Field Geography
Biogeography and Global Ecology Keystone/General Education Course
Cartography--Maps and Map Construction
Image Analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Satellite Climatology
Geospatial Information Management
Indoor Air Quality Engineering
Fundamentals of Air Pollution
Air Quality Forecasting
Atmospheric Chemistry and Cloud Physics
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
METEO 473Application of Computers to Meteorology3
or METEO 474 Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting
General Option (27 credits)
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
METEO 473Application of Computers to Meteorology3
or METEO 474 Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting
Select one of the following:3
Radiation and Climate
Atmospheric Chemistry and Cloud Physics
Introduction to Micrometeorology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 21 credits in consultation with adviser 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 Science 121
Weather Forecasting and Communications Option (28 credits)
Prescribed Courses
METEO 414Mesoscale Meteorology4
METEO 415Forecasting Practicum3
METEO 481Weather Communications I3
METEO 482Weather Communications II3
Additional Courses
Select 6-9 credits of the following:6-9
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing Systems
Science Writing
Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards
Cartography--Maps and Map Construction
Image Analysis
Geographic Information Systems
Satellite Climatology
Applied Cartographic Design
Natural Disasters
Map Analysis
Advanced Forecasting
METEO 418
Air Quality Forecasting
Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics
Radar Meteorology
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Tropical Meteorology
Introduction to Micrometeorology
METEO 471
Weather Communications III
Pennsylvania Climate Studies (1-2, max 3)
Any two from:
Meteorology Communications Internship
Meteorology Private Sector Internship
Meteorological Operations Internship
Meteorological International Internship
Meteorological Off-Campus Research Internship
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
METEO 436Radiation and Climate3
or METEO 437 Atmospheric Chemistry and Cloud Physics
Select 3-6 credits of the following:3-6
Application of Computers to Meteorology
Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting
Weather Risk Management Option (27 credits)
Prescribed Courses
EBF 473Risk Management in Energy Industries3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 460Weather Risk and Financial Markets3
Additional Courses
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Global Finance for the Earth, Energy, and Materials Industries
Introduction to Electricity Markets
Energy Economics
Design of Solar Energy Conversion Systems
Wind and Hydropower Energy Conversion
Geo-resource Evaluation and Investment Analysis
Select one of the following:3
ECON 490
Elementary Probability
Applied Statistics in Science
Introduction to Probability Theory
Introduction to Mathematical Statistics
Intermediate Applied Statistics
Applied Regression Analysis
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Forecasting Practicum (does not require a grade of C or better)
Application of Computers to Meteorology
Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting
Select one of the following:3
Radiation and Climate
Atmospheric Chemistry and Cloud Physics
Introduction to Micrometeorology (preferred choice)

Integrated B.S. in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science and M.S. in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science and M.S. in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Graduates can demonstrate skills for interpreting and applying atmospheric observations.
  2. Graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the atmosphere and its evolution.
  3. Graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the role of water in the atmosphere.
  4. Graduates can demonstrate facility with computer applications to atmospheric problems.
  5. Graduates can demonstrate skills for communicating their technical knowledge.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Jon M. Nese
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs
518 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-4076
j2n@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

General Option at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)4
METEO 201*3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4METEO 431*3
METEO 300*4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24STAT 301 or 4013
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 421*4METEO 470*3
METEO 436, 437, or 454*3METEO 440W*3
METEO 411*4General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
METEO 473 or 474*3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 Professional Elective33
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective33
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective33
Professional Elective33Professional Elective33
Professional Elective33Elective3
Professional Elective33Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

General Option at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3PHYS 211 (GN)4
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15‡†13METEO 101 (online)*3
General Education Knowledge Domain3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 14.5 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24METEO 300*34
General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Knowledge Domain3
 15.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 431*3METEO 440W*3
STAT 301 or 4013METEO 411*4
Elective3METEO 421*4
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective43
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 470*3Professional Elective43
METEO 473 or 474*3Professional Elective43
METEO 436, 437, or 454*3Professional Elective43
Professional Elective43Professional Elective43
Professional Elective43Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Atmospheric Sciences Option at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)4
METEO 201*3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education knowledge domain3 
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4METEO 431*3
METEO 300*4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24STAT 301 or 4013
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 421*4METEO 470*3
METEO 436, 437, or 454*33METEO 440W*3
METEO 411*4General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
METEO 473 or 474*33General Education Knowledge Domain3
 Professional Elective33
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 4223Professional Elective33
METEO 436, 437, or 454*33Professional Elective33
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective33
General Education Knowledge Domain3Elective3
Professional Elective33Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Atmospheric Sciences Option at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3PHYS 211 (GN)4
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15‡†13METEO 101 (online)*3
General Education Knowledge Domain3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 14.5 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24METEO 300*34
General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Knowledge Domain3
 15.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 431*3METEO 440W*3
STAT 301 or 4013METEO 411*4
Elective3METEO 421*4
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective43
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 470*3METEO 436, 437, or 454*3
METEO 473 or 474*3Professional Elective43
METEO 436, 437, or 454*3Professional Elective43
METEO 4223Professional Elective43
Professional Elective43Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Environmental Meteorology Option at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)4
METEO 201*3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4METEO 431*3
METEO 300*4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24STAT 301 or 4013
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 421*4METEO 470*3
METEO 411*4METEO 440W*3
METEO 473 or 474*3General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
CE 3703General Education Knowledge Domain3
 Professional Elective33
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 454*3METEO 4553
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective33
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective33
Professional Elective33Elective3
Professional Elective33Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Environmental Meteorology Option at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3PHYS 211 (GN)4
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15‡†13METEO 101 (online)*3
General Education Knowledge Domain3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 14.5 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24METEO 300*34
General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Knowledge Domain3
 15.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 431*3METEO 440W*3
STAT 301 or 4013METEO 411*4
CE 3703METEO 421*4
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective43
Elective3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 470*3METEO 4553
METEO 473 or 474*3Professional Elective43
METEO 454*3Professional Elective43
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective43
Professional Elective43Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Weather Risk Management Option at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)4
METEO 201*3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
ECON 1023 
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4METEO 431*3
METEO 300*4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24STAT 301 or 4013
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 421*4METEO 470*3
METEO 436, 437, or 454*3METEO 440W*3
METEO 411*4METEO 415, 473, or 474*33
General Education Knowledge Domain3EBF/EGEE Selection43
 General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 415, 473, or 474*3METEO 4603
EBF 4733EBF/EGEE Selection43
General Education Knowledge Domain3STAT Selection53
General Education Knowledge Domain3Elective3
Elective3Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Weather Risk Management Option at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3PHYS 211 (GN)4
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15‡†13METEO 101 (online)*3
ECON 1023METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 14.5 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24METEO 300*34
General Education Foundation selection (GWS)‡†13General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Knowledge Domain3
 15.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 431*3METEO 440W*3
STAT 301 or 4013METEO 411*4
Elective3METEO 421*4
General Education Knowledge Domain3EBF/EGEE Selection43
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 470*3METEO 4603
METEO 436, 437, or 454*3METEO 415, 473, or 474*53
METEO 415, 473, or 474*53EBF/EGEE Selection43
EBF 4733STAT Selection63
Elective3Elective 4
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Weather Forecasting and Communications Option at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140 or 140G (GQ)*‡#†4MATH 141 or 141G (GQ)*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PHYS 211 (GN)4
METEO 201*3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 16 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4METEO 431*3
METEO 300*4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24STAT 301 or 4013
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
 General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)3
 15 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 421*4METEO 470*3
METEO 411*4METEO 440W*3
METEO 4813METEO 4823
METEO 473 or 474*33General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
 General Education Knowledge Domain3
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 436 or 437*3METEO 4144
METEO 4153Professional Elective43
General Education Knowledge Domain3Professional Elective43
General Education Knowledge Domain3Elective3
Professional Elective43Elective3
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137 in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138 in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Weather Forecasting and Communications Option at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 140*‡#†4MATH 141*‡†4
CHEM 110 (GN)3PHYS 211 (GN)4
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15‡†13METEO 101 (online)*3
General Education Knowledge Domain3METEO 273, CMPSC 101, CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201, or CMPSC 2023
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5 
 14.5 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 212 (GN)4MATH 2514
MATH 230*24METEO 300*34
General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13General Education Foundation Selection (GWS)‡†13
General Education Knowledge Domain3General Education Knowledge Domain3
General Education Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education Knowledge Domain3
 15.5 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 431*3METEO 440W*3
METEO 4813METEO 411*4
STAT 301 or 4013METEO 421*4
General Education Knowledge Domain3METEO 4823
General Education Knowledge Domain3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
METEO 470*3METEO 4144
METEO 473 or 474*3Professional Elective53
METEO 436 or 437*43Professional Elective53
METEO 4153Professional Elective53
Elective3Elective 3
 15 16
Total Credits 121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Graduating meteorologists and atmospheric scientists are prepared for professional employment with industry, private consulting firms, government, and the armed forces. Students who graduate with a B.S. in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science from Penn State and who have some research or internship experience are positioned well for graduate study. Typically, about one-third of our B.S. graduates pursue an M.S. or Ph.D.

Careers

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists, is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The best job prospects for atmospheric scientists will be in private industry as businesses demand specialized weather forecasts and weather information.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE METEOROLOGY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Further study toward an M.S. or Ph.D. can lead to research, university, or management positions.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
503 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0478
meteoundergrad@meteo.psu.edu

http://www.met.psu.edu