At which campus can I study this program?
Students pursuing the 39-credit Meteorology minor seek to broaden their education by specializing in an applied science. As for Meteorology majors, students minoring in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science must have a strong background in mathematics and physics. Eleven of the 20 Meteorology credits come from the three required courses of METEO 300, METEO 421, and METEO 431. The remaining 9 credits come from 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level METEO courses, at least one of which must be at the 400 level. Completion of the three required courses ensures that students will have the foundational atmospheric science material that they need to register for the remaining 9 Meteorology credits. In consultation with a Meteorology adviser, students may choose these elective courses from a variety of subspecialties:
- Air quality studies
- Atmospheric dynamics
- Atmospheric physics
- Computer applications
- Weather analysis and forecasting
What Is Meteorology?
Meteorology is the study of weather, climate, and the characteristics, structures, and processes of the atmosphere. Broaden your education by seeking a minor in the applied science of meteorology and atmospheric science. The minor often complements majors in physics, chemistry, mathematics, and other fields.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You are fascinated with weather, climate, or the environment.
- You are a self-described "weather geek."
- You enjoy applying mathematics and physics to problems in the atmosphere and oceans.
- You are interested in learning more about meteorology to augment another science or engineering major or career.
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Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|CHEM 110||Chemical Principles I||3|
|MATH 231||Calculus of Several Variables||2|
|MATH 232||Integral Vector Calculus||2|
|MATH 251||Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations||4|
|METEO 300||Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science||4|
|METEO 421||Atmospheric Dynamics||4|
|METEO 431||Atmospheric Thermodynamics||3|
|PHYS 211||General Physics: Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 212||General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism||4|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select 9 credits (at least 3 credits at the 400 level) of 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level Meteorology||9|
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This minor can help you learn about meteorology or prepare you for future study or work.
The minor provides students with meteorological knowledge for careers in industry, private consulting firms, government, or the armed forces. This minor may benefit students planning careers in environmental consulting, public policy, economic planning, or risk management. Students who wish to be employed full-time as a meteorologist should major in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science rather than seek a minor.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
A minor in Meteorology, in conjunction with a B.S. in a science or engineering field, may position a student to apply for graduate school in some scientific disciplines, including atmospheric science.