B.S. in Applied Meteorology

Students will:

  • Be prepared for careers in operational weather forecasting, consulting, and research agencies.
  • Use computer visualization and programming skills to interpret and analyze data from modern weather sensing equipment.
  • Effectively communicate meteorological information pertinent to their employer.
  • Apply meteorology theory in various contexts.
  • Interpret various meteorological information and data sets to generate forecast products.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students should be aware that many courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites and should plan to begin the required math-calculus sequence as soon as they are eligible. In addition, all meteorology (WX) classes, except WX 201, WX 203L, and WX 301, are offered only once per year, although some additional summer classes may be offered.

Program Requirements

General Education

Embry-Riddle degree programs require students to complete a minimum of 36 hours of General Education coursework. For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog.

Students may choose other classes outside of their requirements, but doing so can result in the student having to complete more than the degree's 120 credit hours. This will result in additional time and cost to the student.

Communication Theory and Skills9
Computer Science/Information Technology3
Physical and Life Sciences (Natural Sciences)6
Humanities and Social Sciences12
3 hours of lower-level Humanities
3 hours of lower-level Social Science
3 hours of lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science
3 hours of upper-level Humanities or Social Science
Total Credits36

Applied Meteorology Core (107 Credits)

The following course of study outlines the quickest and most cost-efficient route for students to earn their B.S. in Applied Meteorology. Students are encouraged to follow the course of study to ensure they complete all program required courses and their prerequisites within four years.

Courses in the core with a # will satisfy general education requirements.

CHM 110General Chemistry I #3
or CHM 110L General Chemistry I Laboratory
COM 122English Composition #3
General Education - Communication Theory and Skills #6
General Education - Computer Science/Information Technology #3
General Education - lower-level Humanities #3
General Education - lower-level Social Science #3
General Education - lower-level or upper-level Humanities or Social Science #3
General Education - upper-level Humanities or Social Science #3
GEO 210Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
MA 222Business Statistics #3
or PSY 226 Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research
MA 241Calculus and Analytical Geometry I #4
MA 242Calculus and Analytical Geometry II #4
MA 243Calculus and Analytical Geometry III4
MA 345Differential Equations and Matrix Methods4
MA 441Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I3
or GEO 310 Advanced Geographic Information Systems
or WX 312 Mountain Meteorology
or WX 322 Space Weather
or WX 357 Hurricanes and Tropical Weather
PS 215Physics I #3
PS 216Physics I Laboratory #1
or PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers
PS 208Physics II3
UNIV 101College Success1
WX 201Survey of Meteorology3
WX 203LSurvey of Meteorology Laboratory1
WX 261Applied Climatology *3
WX 270Weather Information Systems **3
WX 301Aviation Weather3
WX 353Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere **3
WX 354Dynamics of the Atmosphere *3
WX 363Thunderstorms **3
WX 365Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation *3
WX 390Atmospheric Physics **3
WX 420Advanced Atmospheric Thermodynamics *3
WX 427Forecasting Techniques *3
WX 490Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I *3
WX 491Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II **3
WX 492Advanced Synoptic Meteorology **3
WX 493Senior Research Thesis (WX 458 Capstone if earning ERM Certificate) **3

Open Electives (13 Credits)

Open Electives13
Total Credits120

Offered in Fall Only


Offered in Spring Only

PSY 226 Spring Offering Only


General Education Course

All Army ROTC students are required to complete SS 321 - U.S. Military History 1900-Present (3 credits) in order to commission.

Applied Meteorology - General

Freshman Year
COM 122 English Composition 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
PS 215 Physics I 3
PS 216 Physics I Laboratory 1
Physics Laboratory for Engineers
WX 201 Survey of Meteorology 3
WX 203L Survey of Meteorology Laboratory 1
UNIV 101 College Success 1
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Communications Elective 3
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 208 Physics II 3
WX 301 Aviation Weather 3
WX 353 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Sophomore Year
Computer Science/Information Technology Elective 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
WX 261 Applied Climatology 3
WX 354 Dynamics of the Atmosphere 3
WX 365 Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
CHM 110
CHM 110L
General Chemistry I 4
Humanities Lower-Level Elective 3
MA 441 Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I 3
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Mountain Meteorology
Space Weather
WX 270 Weather Information Systems 3
WX 363 Thunderstorms 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
Junior Year
Communications Elective 3
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
Open Electives 3
Social Science Lower-Level Elective 3
WX 420 Advanced Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
 Credits Subtotal16.0
GEO 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective 3
Social Science Lower-Level Elective 3
WX 390 Atmospheric Physics 3
WX 492 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology 3
 Credits Subtotal15.0
Senior Year
MA 222 Business Statistics 3
Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research
Open Elective 3
WX 427 Forecasting Techniques 3
WX 490 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I 3
 Credits Subtotal12.0
Open Electives 7
WX 491 Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II 3
WX 493 Senior Research Thesis *3
All Hazards Support, Modeling and Mapping.
 Credits Subtotal13.0
 Credits Total: 120

WX 458 will be used to replace WX 493 for those students completing the Emergency Response Meteorology certificate program.

Emergency Response Meteorologist Certification

The Emergency Response Meteorologist (ERM) Certificate* prepares graduates for employment as an ERM or Incident Meteorologist. This certification is only available to students who complete a B.S. in Applied Meteorology. It gives students additional knowledge and skill to provide decision support services more effectively to meteorology customers. This additional training will prepare graduates to work in emergency operations centers for national or local government agencies and help guide decisions related to meteorology.

Students in this certification program learn about the U.S. incident command structure, gaining official National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command Certification through local emergency management personnel.

Students will also achieve familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS) as essential for mapping geophysical datasets and visualizing emergency plans and incident response operations. Then, the capstone experience (WX 458) gives students the opportunity to configure and operate various hazard models used in emergency management scenarios to predict the impacts of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfire behavior, and the spread of hazardous materials.

Certification Requirements

The ERM Certificate is only available at the Prescott Campus to students majoring in Applied Meteorology. It requires the successful completion of the IS-100.C, IS-200.B, IS-700, IS-703, IS-706, and IS-800.C  NIMS certificates as well as ICS-300 and ICS-400. It also requires satisfactory performance in all required courses, which must be completed with a “C” grade or better.

Cooperative Education/Internship3
GEO 310Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
or GEO 350 Introduction to Remote Sensing with GIS
SIS 499Special Topics in Global Security and Intelligence Studies **3
WX 458All Hazards Support, Modeling and Mapping.3

It is highly recommended (but not required) that students complete an internship as part of their cooperative education during the year preceding graduation. Students may earn credit for their internship activities. This will provide practical on-the-job experience while shadowing real emergency response meteorologists at various locations around the country. Internships also provide valuable networking opportunities and open doors to future employment.


This program is offered within the Applied Meteorology program at ERAU and not as separate training. To complete the Emergency Response Certification program, the student must also complete the Applied Meteorology degree and must earn a “C” grade or higher in all required courses. For more information, contact the Chair of the Applied Aviation Sciences Department.


SIS 499 is a directed study and will need Department approval.