Undergraduate 2017-2018

Earth Sciences B.S. – Meteorology Emphasis

College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D., Department Chair

Location: Ross Hall 3235

Telephone: 970.351.2647

Website: esci.unco.edu 

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. University-Wide Credits

Program Description:

The UNC meteorology program has two goals: a strong foundation in the sciences preparing students for graduate school and providing the experience necessary to be ready to take a job in weather forecasting.

The science of meteorology seeks to understand the atmosphere and its phenomena by considering the forces that act on it, the processes that determine its behavior and the interaction between it and the earth beneath. This program provides a broad background in meteorology and stresses practical interpretation of weather data and the importance of meteorology to many aspects of human endeavor.

Graduates of the meteorology program will be prepared for entry-level positions as meteorologists with government agencies and private companies, as weather forecasters with the United States Air Force and as team members with firms concerned with environmental monitoring. Meteorology is also an excellent major for individuals planning careers in either civilian or military aviation. The program provides the background necessary for admission to graduate programs in the atmospheric sciences.

The course requirements assure that our graduates meet all of the requirements for certification with the American Meteorology Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA).

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing

Program Requirements:

  • The course of study for this major, including both required and elective courses, must total at least 60 credits and must be developed in consultation with and be approved by the student's academic advisor.
  • At least one half of the credits in AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses must be numbered 300 or above. No more than 8 credits of AST, ESCI, GEOL, MET and OCN courses numbered below 200 may be counted toward the major.
  • Science and mathematics courses approved for the Liberal Arts Core that are taken as part of this major may also be used to satisfy Liberal Arts Core requirements.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in the courses taken as part of this major is required for graduation. (Secondary Teaching Emphasis: a 2.5 GPA is required in all major courses.)
  • In accordance with University Policies, coursework earned more than 10 years prior to the date of matriculation to UNC may not be used to satisfy any major or minor requirements.  Any exception to this policy is at the discretion of the academic program.

Degree Requirements — 120 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 34 credits

LAC area 1.a. — Elementary Composition

ENG 122College Composition


LAC area 1b. Intermediate Composition

SCI 291Scientific Writing


LAC area 2 — Mathematics

MATH 131Calculus I


MATH 132Calculus II


STAT 150Introduction to Statistical Analysis


LAC area 6 — Physical and Life Sciences

CHEM 111Principles of Chemistry I


CHEM 111LPrinciples of Chemistry I Laboratory


MET 205General Meteorology


PHYS 240General Physics I


LAC — Electives

CS 101Introduction to Computer Science


Remaining LAC — 15 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core”.

NOTE: Students need to select courses from Areas 7 and 8 that also count in Areas 3, 4, or 5.

2. Required Major — 47 credits

Take all of the following courses:

MET 215Intro Meteorological Analysis


MET 315Physical Meteorology I


MET 320Physical Meteorology II


MET 401Dynamic Meteorology


MET 402Synoptic Meteorology


MET 420Advanced Weather Prediction


MET 451Climatology


MET 460Mesoscale Meteorology


CS 102Structured Programming


MATH 233Calculus III


PHYS 241General Physics II


Choose nine credit hours from the following courses:

Must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.

MET 452Paleoclimatology


MET 465Radar and Satellite Meteorology


MET 495Special Topics in Meteorology

1- 4

OCN 301Physical and Chemical Oceanography


ESCI 474Principles of Hydrology


3. University-Wide Credits — 24 credits

Complete additional credits to achieve the minimum credits needed for this degree at UNC; for this degree, that will typically be 24 credits.

NOTE: Federal government requirements for employment as meteorologists and Graduate School admission in the atmospheric sciences usually require MATH 335.