Meteorology Major

7224
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code:  7224 Degree Awarded:  Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction:  N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
George A. Maul, Ph.D.

Meteorology is a joint program between the College of Engineering, College of Science and College of Aeronautics, administered by the environmental sciences program. A related degree program in aviation meteorology is offered by the College of Aeronautics.

Candidates for a bachelor's degree in meteorology complete a minimum of 133 credit hours as outlined below. A meteorology major completing at least 24 credit hours including MET 3401, MET 3402, MET 4233, MET 4305, MET 4306, SPS 4030, and six credit hours from among AVS 3201, ENS 3101, MET 4310 and OCN 3401, is eligible to be certified as a professional meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and is thus qualified for entry into positions in NOAA National Weather Service, NASA and the U.S. Armed Forces.

Freshman Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • 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.
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • AVS 1201 Aviation Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Initial course in meteorology for flight students and aviation professionals. Includes meteorological codes, charts and aviation bulletins, and identification of potentially hazardous in-flight weather conditions. Also addresses atmospheric circulation, stability, convection, moisture, air masses and fronts.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
  • Restricted Electives (CSE) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • 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.
  • PHY 2003 Modern Physics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules, nuclei, solids and fundamental particles. Planck and de Broglie's laws, the Bohr model of hydrogen, elementary examples of Schroedinger's equation, relativity, elementary particles and symmetry, quantum electrodynamics and chromodynamics.
Junior Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ENS 3101 Atmospheric Environments
    Credit Hours: 3
    Origin, fate, effects and distribution of air pollutants. Covers dispersion modeling, federal and state legislation, source control and monitoring.
  • 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.
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Random variables, expectations, sampling and estimation of parameters, normal and other distributions and central-limit theorem, tests of hypothesis, linear regression and design experiments.
  • 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.
  • OCN 3433 Geophysical Fluids Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics. Includes viscosimetry, stability of flows, vorticity, gravity waves and Reynolds stresses; physical models in meteorology, oceanography and other geophysical fluid flows.
  • PHY 3060 Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes temperature, heat and heat engines, work, internal energy, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials, equations of state, phase changes, viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion, Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics and partition functions.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:

  • ENS 3105 Atmospheric Pollution Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides hands-on familiarity with air sampling devices and analytical methods of analysis. Involves both the acquisition and the analysis of atmospheric samples.
  • ENS 3911 Environmental Field Projects Proposal
    Credit Hours: 1
    Preparation for the summer research program, Environmental Field Projects. Students are guided through the process of selecting, designing and proposing research projects to be carried out during the summer.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (ENS, COM, MET, MTH, OCN) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ENS 4911 Environmental Field Projects 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    These summer research investigations focus on environmental problems of local, regional and global dimensions. A major focus has been on the Indian River Lagoon system. Students often work in teams configured to accomplish the specific objectives.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • ENS 4912 Environmental Field Projects 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    These summer research investigations focus on environmental problems of local, regional and global dimensions. A major focus has been on the Indian River Lagoon system. Students often work in teams configured to accomplish the specific objectives.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • ENS 4913 Environmental Field Projects 3 (Q) Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ENS 4700 Environmental Hydrology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers descriptive and quantitative aspects of surface and groundwater hydrology, emphasizing both data interpretation and measurement methodology. Stresses subject areas of particular importance to environmental scientists and meteorologists.
  • MET 4233 Remote Sensing for Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies geostationary (GOES) and low-Earth polar orbiting (NOAA) weather satellites and the sensors system. Presents operational atmospheric data and applications to numerical weather prediction. Also covers ground-based meteorological radar systems and applications.
  • 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.
  • OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies water structure and circulation of the world ocean and local areas by simple dynamical and descriptive models; and tides, wave motion and coastal processes.
  • OCN 3411 Physical Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide experience in the use of equipment and methods in physical oceanography.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 133