Bachelor of Science in
Operational Meteorology

Operational Meteorology student in action

The Bachelor of Science degree in Operational Meteorology is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore a variety of atmospheric phenomena with an emphasis on impacts to operations. Using our new, fully equipped Weather Center, students learn to exploit complex weather products to improve operational decision-making. Graduates will be competitive for a variety of professional careers including aviation weather support, commercial airline dispatching, broadcasting, and emergency management, depending on their area of concentration and selected minor. Students completing this degree will meet all U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for a Meteorological Technician.

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

Typical First Year

The typical first year Operational Meteorology student will study general education and aviation courses like English composition and College Mathematics for Aviation along with Survey of Meteorology.

Degree Details

This program can be completed in eight semesters and requires 120 credit hours. Students entering the program must take a math placement test or show advanced placement. In addition to required general education courses and Operational Meteorology core courses, students will also select an area of specialization of either Aviation Support or Broadcasting.

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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Operational Meteorology requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and can be attained in eight semesters. Students pursuing the Operational Meteorology degree will select one of two areas of concentration (AOC): Aviation Support or Broadcast, generally by the end of their fourth semester. All students must complete the General Education courses, Operational Meteorology core courses, and the required courses for one AOC in order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Operational Meteorology. All students entering the Operational Meteorology program must take a math placement test or show suitable advanced placement. The student must meet all requirements in the four program areas to graduate. These include: General Education, Operational Meteorology Core, Area of Concentration, and Open Electives.

General Education36
Operational Meteorology Core48
Aviation Support Area of Concentration26-32
Broadcast Area of Concentration21
Open Electives (see specific AOC)4-15
Total Degree Requirements120

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
MA 111College Mathematics for Aviation I3
MA 112College Mathematics for Aviation II3
PS 103Technical Physics I3
PS 104Technical Physics II3
Lower-Level Computer Science Elective (CS 120 recommended)3
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower- or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Lower-Level Social Sciences3
Credits Total36

Operational Meteorology Core

PS 101
  & 101L
Basic Chemistry
   and Basic Chemistry Laboratory
3
PS 115LTechnical Physics Laboratory1
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 101Meteorology Careers1
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 215Introduction to Geoscience3
WX 261Applied Climatology3
WX 270Weather Information Systems3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 327Operational Analysis and Forecasting3
WX 331Operational Thermodynamic Meteorology3
WX 332Operational Physical Meteorology3
WX 344Operational Dynamic Meteorology3
WX 361Global Climate Change3
WX 363Thunderstorms3
WX 365Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation3
WX 436Advanced Operational Forecasting3
WX 442Operational Meteorology Seminar3
Credits Total48

Broadcast AOC

Students interested in television and radio broadcasting should follow this course of study. The program combines meteorology with studies in verbal, non-verbal, and written communications as well as studies in video production and editing, all using our state-of-the-art Meteorology Media Studio. These skills and experiences make our students highly competitive for internships with a variety of television and radio stations. To complement the major, students are encouraged to complete a minor course of study in either Communication or Business Administration, which can typically be accomplished within the 120-credit requirement. Upon graduation and with work experience, students will be eligible for the National Weather Association Broadcaster’s Seal of Approval. Students seeking to become American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologists should pursue the B.S. Meteorology program and take the broadcast meteorology courses as electives. Open electives allow the student, with the guidance of an academic advisor, to select from a wide range of possible courses, which will help prepare for his or her individual career path. It is recommended students use their career electives to complete a minor of their choice. Common minors include Communication and Business Administration. Students who plan on applying for the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Program should take the B.S. Meteorology program with the Broadcast Meteorology and Communication courses as electives.

AS 120Principles of Aeronautical Science3
COM 260Introduction to Media3
COM 265Introduction to News Writing3
MA 222Business Statistics3
or WX 422Statistical Applications for Meteorological Data Analysis
WX 280Introduction to TV Weathercasting3
WX 380Advanced TV Weathercasting3
WX 475Field Production and Weathercast Video Editing3
Upper-Level Open Electives3
Open Electives12
Total Broadcast Meteorology AOC Credits36

Aviation Support AOC

Students interested in providing weather services to any aspect of Aviation, Aerospace, or Commercial Operations should follow this course of study. This interdisciplinary program blends meteorology coursework with an aviation-themed minor course of study to enhance the student’s ability to identify and communicate weather impacts to a wide variety of aviation and other weather-sensitive operations and activities. Acceptable minors include: Aeronautical Studies, Aerospace Life Sciences, Air Traffic Control, Air Transportation, Aviation Law, Aviation Safety, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Studies, Flight, Flight Test and Simulation, Homeland Security, Human Factors, Space Studies, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science. Per University requirements, the minor must include a minimum of six upper-level credit hours. Students seeking Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aircraft Dispatch Certification should select Aeronautical Studies as their minor and include AS 309, AS 310, AS 350 and AS 410 in their course selections, plus take AT 200 and AS 221 as open electives. Open electives allow the student, with the guidance of an academic advisor, to select from a wide range of possible courses that will help the student prepare for his or her individual career path. Suggested open electives include additional WX courses, additional courses within their chosen minor, or courses from other aviation-related minors.

AS 121Private Pilot Operations5
MA 222Business Statistics3
or WX 422Statistical Applications for Meteorological Data Analysis
WX 410Weather for Commercial Air Transport3
Aviation Themed Minor15-21
Open Electives4-10
Total Aviation Support AOC Requirements36
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