B.S. in Meteorology

The Applied Aviation Sciences Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. This program offers students with a passion for weather the opportunity to study, observe, and research atmospheric phenomena ranging from tornadoes to climate change in our computer-equipped classrooms and state-of-the-art Weather Center, which receives over 500 gigabytes of world-wide weather information each day. Students will master the essentials of meteorology by incorporating foundational calculus, physics, and computer science concepts into real-world atmospheric applications.  The goal of the Meteorology program is to offer coursework, laboratory, and research experiences that prepare students for immediate productivity and career growth.  Graduates will be competitive for professional careers working as: National Weather Service Meteorologists, TV weather broadcasters, airline meteorologists, private industry meteorologists, university researchers, emergency managers, and military weather officers. 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.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology requires 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 co-requisites, 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
Total Credits120

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
Total Credits38

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
PS 250
PS 253
Physics for Engineers III
and Physics Laboratory for Engineers
or PS 226L Physics I Laboratory
UNIV 101College Success1
Total Credits20

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 381 Climate 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
Total Credits52

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 courses, AS courses, BA courses, CS courses, COM courses, MA courses, 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. Students seeking to become a broadcast meteorologist should consider a minor in Communication and Broadcast Media.