The Bachelor of Science in Meteorology gives students with a passion for weather the opportunity to explore and research a variety of atmospheric challenges ranging from climate change to tornadoes in our new, fully equipped Weather Center.  

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology

The Bachelor of Science in Meteorology gives students with a passion for weather the opportunity to explore and research a variety of atmospheric challenges ranging from climate change to tornadoes in our new, fully equipped Weather Center. Unique to our program is the focus on Aviation Weather. Graduates will be competitive for professional careers in university research, government/military weather operations, broadcasting, and private industry. Students completing this degree will meet all American Meteorological Society guidelines for a degree in Meteorology as well as all U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for a Meteorologist.

The Bachelor of Science in Meteorology degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

Typical First Year

The typical first year Applied Meteorology student will study General Education and Physical Science courses like English composition, Calculus, and Physics, along with Survey of Meteorology.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and can typically be attained in eight semesters. All students must complete the general education courses, meteorology core courses, and program support courses in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology requires the successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and can typically be attained in eight semesters. All students must complete the General Education courses, program support courses, and Meteorology core courses in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. All students entering the Meteorology program must take a math placement test or show suitable advanced placement. Because many courses have prerequisites or corequisites, students should prepare to begin the required Calculus sequence and Physics sequence as soon as they are eligible. All students must complete a capstone course (WX 482) during their senior year. The student must meet all requirements in the four program areas to graduate. These include: General Education, Program Support, Meteorology core, and open electives.

General Education38
Program Support20
Meteorology Core52
Open Electives10
Credits Total120

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Guidelines please see the General Education section of the catalog.

COM 122English Composition3
COM 219Speech3
COM 221Technical Report Writing3
EGR 115Introduction to Computing for Engineers3
MA 241Calculus and Analytical Geometry I4
MA 242Calculus and Analytical Geometry II4
PS 150Physics for Engineers I3
PS 160Physics for Engineers II3
Lower-Level Humanities (HU 14X)3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Lower-Level Social Sciences3
Credits Total38

Program Support Requirements

Program support courses are intended to provide foundational concepts to enhance college success or to prepare students for advanced meteorology courses.

AS 120Principles of Aeronautical Science3
MA 243Calculus and Analytical Geometry III4
MA 345Differential Equations and Matrix Methods4
PS 139
  & PS 141
Principles of Chemistry
   and Chemistry for Engineers Laboratory
4
PS 250
  & PS 253
Physics for Engineers III
   and Physics Laboratory for Engineers
4
UNIV 101College Success1
Credits Total20

Meteorology Core Requirements

WX 101Meteorology Careers1
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 215Introduction to Geoscience3
WX 261Applied Climatology3
WX 270Weather Information Systems3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 361Global Climate Change3
or WX 381Climate Dynamics
WX 365Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation3
WX 367Thermodynamic Meteorology3
WX 368Physical Meteorology3
WX 374Dynamic Meteorology I3
WX 375Dynamic Meteorology II3
WX 378Synoptic Analysis3
WX 422Statistical Applications for Meteorological Data Analysis3
WX 462Numerical Weather Prediction3
WX 466Advanced Synoptic Analysis and Forecasting3
WX 478Mesoscale Meteorology3
WX 482Research Methods in Meteorology3
Credits Total52

Open Electives

Open Electives allow the student, with the guidance of an academic advisor, to select from a wide range of possible courses, which would help prepare for his or her individual career path. Suggested electives include additional WX, AS, BA, CS, COM, MA, and PS courses. Students will select at least 10 credits of open electives. Students seeking graduate school in meteorology or atmospheric science should consider a minor in Mathematics (applied or computational) or Computer Science.

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