ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE PROGRAM – Dept. Code: ATM


METEOROLOGY

Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere, including climate and climate variability, weather forecasting, cloud and precipitation physics, tropical dynamics, severe weather and hurricanes. Atmospheric scientists use computer models and sophisticated observing systems to describe and understand the atmosphere. The curriculum emphasizes math and physics basics, providing a strong foundation for an intensive study of meteorology. The curriculum, conforming to the recommendations of the American Meteorological Society, prepares students for graduate school and for jobs in industry and government.

The Rosenstiel School offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science with a major in Meteorology. In addition to the General Education Requirements, the following courses are required for the Meteorology major:

Atmospheric Science (32 credits):
ATM103, ATM111, ATM118, ATM243, ATM303, ATM305, ATM405, ATM406, ATM407, ATM409, and either ATM220 or ATM307.

Mathematics (20 credits)*:
MTH161, MTH162, MTH210, MTH224, MTH310, and MTH311**
*Double majors in CBR must take either MTH224 or MTH311, but are not required to take both.
**Students may substitute MTH320 for MTH311.

Physics and Chemistry (14 credits):
PHY205, PHY206, PHY207, PHY208. CHM111, CHM113.

Computer Science (4 credits):
CSC120 or suitable elective.

One free elective in Atmospheric Science, Mathematics or science (3 credits).

Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.


Although Meteorology is approved as a single major program, students often combine Meteorology with a second major in such diverse fields as mathematics, marine science or broadcast journalism. Sample curricula can be found at www.meteorology.miami.edu.


METEOROLOGY/MATHEMATICS (Applied Analysis)

A double major in Meteorology and Mathematics (Applied Analysis) provides an excellent foundation for students who want to pursue graduate degrees in meteorology and related fields. The double major curriculum is as follows:

Atmospheric Science (29 credits):
ATM103, 118, 243, 303, 305, 405, 406, 407, 409, and either 220 or 307.

Mathematics (35 credits):
MTH161 and 162 or 171 and 172, 210, 230, 310, 311, 461 (or 561), 433 (or 533), 512, and one of the following two course sequences: 513 and 514, or 515 and 516.

Physics and Chemistry (14 credits):
PHY205, PHY206, PHY207, PHY208. CHM111, CHM113.

Six credits of upper level elective, to be approved by advisor.


MINOR in Meteorology

A Bachelor of Science minor in Meteorology requires the following courses: ATM103, ATM118, ATM220, ATM243, ATM303 and ATM306. Only those courses passed with a grade of “C-” or higher may be applied to the minor.