Meteorology Minor

Main Campus - Melbourne
Minor Code: 6224 Degree Awarded: none
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus
Curriculum (19 Credit Hours)
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of six interrelated modules (cosmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, anthroposphere) taught by faculty of the College of Engineering, College of Aeronautics and College of Science. Emphasizes the interactions and interdependence of Earth systems. Includes the role of humans in global change.
  • MET 1999 Weather Briefing
    Credit Hours: 1
    Stimulates discussion about recent, current and future weather using various data sources, including satellites, surface observations, radar, model and upper air data. Underscores the importance of the human element in weather forecasting. Students must attend the weekly weather briefing and participate in a national weather forecasting contest.
    Content varies and course may be repeated for a maximum of three credits.
  • MET 3401 Synoptic Meteorology 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Standard meteorological observational practice; data presentation; data analysis and display; data product transmission by facsimile and computer; and Internet connectivity; weather map discussions.
  • MET 3402 Synoptic Meteorology 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Basic analysis techniques, scalar and vector fields, thermodynamic diagrams, synoptic calculations, 4-dimensional atmospheric structure, weather map discussions.
  • MET 4305 Atmospheric Dynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies coordinate systems, balance of forces, equations of motion, continuity and energy, barotropic and baroclinic disturbances, geostrophy, atmospheric transport of energy.
  • MET 4306 Atmospheric Dynamics 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies circulation and vorticity, scale analysis, friction and turbulence, sound, gravity and Rossby waves, instability, numerical weather prediction.
  • MET 4310 Climatology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the distribution of weather elements globally, continental positioning, rain shields, hydrological cycle, meteorological databases, El Nino impacts on humans, global warming and the anthropogenic greenhouse effect.
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces meteorological phenomena and principles, including descriptive weather elements, general atmospheric circulation, air-sea interaction and the physical mechanisms that create atmospheric motions, mixing and transfer of momentum, mass and heat.
  • OCN 3430 Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluids
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the basic properties of Earth's fluids; statics and kinematics; integral expressions for the conservation of mass, momentum, angular momentum and energy; dynamic similitude, dimensional analysis and boundary-layer principles; applications to meteorology, oceanography and geophysics.
  • SPS 4030 Physics of the Atmosphere
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the behavior of Earth's lower atmosphere, including an introduction to comparative planetology, atmospheric evolution, thermodynamics, dynamics, waves and turbulence, clouds, hurricanes, global circulation and global change.

Note: Students must choose 19 credit hours from the list above. All courses are three credit hours, with the exception of Weather Briefing (MET 1999).