Meteorology Major

Why study meteorology at CMU?

CMU is the only university in Michigan offering an undergraduate major in meteorology. A well-rounded science curriculum prepares students for a variety of meteorology careers or for graduate study. Consider these key features of this program:

  • Involved faculty members who are experts in weather forecasting, air pollution, agricultural meteorology, and tropical meteorology
  • Small classes with laboratory time for practical learning on some of CMU's most powerful computers
  • Professional development, resources, and contacts through student organizations such as the Mid-Michigan Meteorological Society and the American Meteorological Society
  • Opportunities in the Science and Technology Residential College to live and learn with students who share your interests in science and technology

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Overall employment of atmospheric scientists is expected to grow 9 to 17 percent.
  • A bachelor's degree in meteorology, or in a closely related field with courses in meteorology, is the minimum educational requirement for entry level positions.
  • As research leads to improvement in weather forecasting, demand should grow for private weather consulting firms to provide more detailed information, especially climate-sensitive industries.
  • Making and improving global weather observations could also have a positive impact on employment.

Career options

Graduates of the meteorology program at CMU will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.

  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Chief Meteorologist
  • Climatologist
  • Lead Forecaster
  • Military Base Forecaster
  • Operational Meteorologist
  • Research Meteorologist
  • U.S. Government Meteorologist

 

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Meteorology Major

Total: 68-72 semester hours Note: Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor during their freshman year.
Required Courses
(30 hours)
MET 240QR
Meteorology
3
MET 310
Atmospheric Radiation and Thermodynamics
3
MET 312
Meteorological Radar and Satellites
3
MET 320
Cloud Physics
3
MET 330
Dynamic Meteorology I
3
MET 335
Dynamic Meteorology II
3
MET 340
Synoptic Meteorology I
3
MET 345
Synoptic Meteorology II
3
MET 450
Mesoscale Meteorology
3
MET 480
Numerical Weather Prediction
3
Additional Requirements I
(31 hours)
MTH 132
Calculus I
4
MTH 133
Calculus II
4
MTH 223
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
3
MTH 233
Calculus III
4
MTH 334
Differential Equations
3
PHY 145QR
University Physics I
4
PHY 146
University Physics II
4
PHY 175
University Physics Laboratory I
1
PHY 176
University Physics Laboratory II
1
STA 382QR
Elementary Statistical Analysis
3
Additional Requirements II
(2-3 hours)
Select one of the following:
CPS 150
FORTRAN Programming
3
CPS 180
Principles of Computer Programming
3
Additional Requirements III
(5-8 hours)
Select one of the following options:
OR3A-METEOR
Option A
OR3B-METEOR
Option B

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