PSCI Meteorology Specialization
Meteorology Specialization (Suggested Curriculum)
Meteorology is the scientific study of the atmosphere on many scales, from detailed atmospheric chemistry to weather forecasting to global climate. Because atmospheric mostions depend on chemical and radiative balances, as well as the interaction of the atmosphere with the oceans and plant life, meteorology provides applications of many basic physical sciences. Meteorology is also a young field, and students entering it now have the opportunity to make significant contributions to understanding our environment. The educational program offered by the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science is broadly based, offering students a sound background in meteorology and related physical sciences. Because of it's multidisciplinary nature, students interested in meteorology are encouraged to take a broad range of courses in chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and biology, in addition to the meteorology curriculum.
- Basic requirements: see the general curriculum requirements. Suggested lower-level mathematics courses are MATH140, 141, 241, and 246.
- Upper-level Distributive Requirements: Beyond the basic courses, students complete 24 upper level (300-400) distributive credits. All students must complete 18 of the 24 distributive credits as physical sciences majors. The distributive credits must be divided among three areas of concentration with at least 6 credits in each area, with meteorology as the primary area. The suggested concentration courses are as follows: AOSC431/400, AOSC432/401, AOSC434, MATH461, MATH462, STAT400, CMSC460, and CMSC475. However, prospective students should discuss their career goals and academic interestes with Professor Ning Zeng and Dr. Jeff Stehr, the committee members from the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science.
- Students must have their program approved by the Physical Sciences Committee whether or not students follow the suggested curriculum.
- The regular University requirements for graduation apply.