Undergraduate Programs

Meteorology Program

The Rosenstiel School offers a Meteorology Major leading to a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science. The program follows standards established by the American Meteorological Society, emphasizing a math and physics background. Classes are small with strong faculty involvement. Students are able to earn course credit and senior theses by conducting research with the faculty. A double major or minor with Broadcast Journalism is available as are double-major programs with Marine Science, Mathematics (CAS), Physics, and a 5-year program leading to a Master's in Professional Science.

2017-2018 Advising Guide

Meteorology major (contains a math minor)

Marine and Atmospheric Science (32 credits):
ATM103 (Survey of Meteorology), MSC111, ATM118 (Current Topics in Weather and Climate), ATM220 (Global Climate Change), ATM243 (Weather Forecasting), ATM303 (Atmospheric Observations), ATM305 (Thermodynamics), ATM405 (Dynamics I), ATM406 (Dynamics II), ATM407 (Weather Analysis), ATM409 (Physical Meteorology).

Mathematics (20 credits)*:
MTH161, MTH162, MTH210, MTH224, MTH310, and MTH311 or MTH320.
*Broadcast meteorology majors are not required to take both MTH224 and [MTH311 or MTH320]

Physics (10 credits):   PHY205, PHY206, PHY207, PHY208.

Chemistry (3 or 4 credits):   ATM 265 (Atmospheric Chemistry) or CHM111 and CHM113.

Computer Science (4 credits): CSC120


One free elective in Marine or Atmospheric Science, Mathematics or science (3 credits) and 6 credits of upper-level science courses (300-level and higher or 200-level with prerequisites). We suggest MSC301 (Physical Oceanography), ATM306 (Broadcast Meteorology), ATM307 (Physics of Climate), and ATM321 (Scientific Programming for Atmospheric Sciences). 500-level courses are open to undergraduates but only offered at the RSMAS campus. The elective courses may be chosen to satisfy degree requirements for a second major or a second minor. For Broadcasting Journalism double majors, the electives may be taken from the School of Communications.

Meteorology and Marine Science

In essence, the meteorology requirements are modified to allow MSC204 to replace MTH224, and, CHM111/112/113/114 are required. Two courses, MSC111 and ATM220, apply to both majors.

Atmospheric Science (29 credits):
ATM103, ATM118, ATM220, ATM243, ATM303, ATM305, ATM405, ATM406, ATM407, ATM409

Marine Science (23 cr): MSC 111, 215, 216, 230, 232, 301, and 9 credits of MSC electives, of which at least 6 must be at the 300-level or higher.
Biology (5 cr): BIO 150 and 151 or 160 and 161
Chemistry (8 cr):CHM 111, 112, 113 and 114
Computer Science 120
Geological Sciences (4 or 5 cr): GSC 111 or 110 and 114
Mathematics (17 cr): MTH 161, 162, 210, 310, and either 311 or 320
Physics (10 cr): PHY 205, 206, 207 and 208
Statistics (3 cr): MSC 204 or MTH 224

Meteorology and Mathematics

Atmospheric Science (29 credits):
ATM103, ATM118, ATM220, ATM243, ATM303, ATM305, ATM405, ATM406, ATM407, ATM409

Mathematics (23 credits):
MTH161 and MTH162 or MTH171 and MTH172, MTH210, MTH224, MTH230, MTH310, MTH311, and MTH433 (or MTH533).
In addition students choose one of the two following tracks:
Applied Analysis (RSMM MTH2): MTH512, MTH513 and MTH514 or MTH515 and MTH516, and MTH542.
Probability and Statistics (RSMM MTH4): MTH513, MTH524, MTH525 and MTH542.

Physics (10 credits):   PHY205, PHY206, PHY207, PHY208.
Chemistry (3 or 4 credits):   ATM 265 or CHM111 and CHM113.
Computer Science (4 credits): CSC120

Minor in Broadcast Journalism

The 18-credit minor exposes Meteorology majors interested in broadcast meteorology careers to the communication skills they will need. The minor consists of CEM102, CNJ108, CNJ216, CEM245, CEM317 and the flagship ATM 306 Broadcast Meteorology class taught by CBS4 Miami Chief Meteorologist Craig Setzer.

Minor in Climate Science and Policy

The 15-credit minor provides students with a grounding in the science underlying climate change and the sociopolitical concepts with which to understand society's responses. For meteorology majors the minor includes ATM307,MSC 346 (Climate Science and Policy), either MSC 222 (Earth's Climate Past and Future) or GSC 462 (Earth's Ancient Atmospheres, Climates, and Sea Levels), and two policy classes selected from MSC 313 (Coastal Law), MSC 314 (Ocean Law), MSC 340 (Ocean Policy), MSC 342 (Decision Making and the Environment), or RSM 520 (Climate and Society).

Minor in Meteorology

The 15-credit minor in Meteorology must include ATM103. The remainder may be selected from among ATM 118, ATM 220, ATM 243, ATM 265, ATM 303, ATM 306.

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