About the Program
The Rosenstiel academic curriculum at the University of Miami began in 1949, when the then-named Marine Laboratory initiated a program of studies leading to the Master of Science degree. Today, the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS) is one of the leading research institute in atmospheric sciences in the country, with a meteorology teaching faculty size of approximately fifteen, within a larger school of approximately a hundred scientists conducting sponsored research and engaged in academic training. In 1977, the College of Arts and Sciences and RSMAS joined together to establish an undergraduate Marine and Atmospheric Science Program. The degree granting authority for this program was formally transferred to the Rosenstiel School in 2008. The Meteorology Program became its own independent program in 2011.The rigorous program follows standards established by the American Meteorological Society, emphasizing understanding of the physical processes governing the motion and composition of the atmosphere.
Our curriculum emphasizes small classes and strong faculty involvement. Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with the faculty and are able to earn course credit by conducting independent research under the supervision of leading scientists in their field. Research encompasses atmospheric dynamics, climate science, boundary-layer processes, cloud processes, and remote sensing. Focus areas include hurricanes (modeling, data assimilation and field observations), tropical meteorology, atmosphere-ocean coupling, climate, and climate change. Many faculty are active in fieldwork.
The Rosenstiel School offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Atmospheric Science with a major in Meteorology. The Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology is a single major program that encompasses a minor in Mathematics. Students can combine meteorology with a second major in mathematics, physics, or other disciplines. A double major combining meteorology and broadcast journalism through the School of Communications is an increasingly popular option.
The Bachelor of Science degree program is meant for students planning to continue with graduate studies in atmospheric science, or for those who will pursue a technical career in this area in government or private industry.
A five-year Master's of Professional Science is available. This program enables qualified students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology in four years and the opportunity to earn an MPS degree in only one additional year.
For general contact information:
Marine and Atmospheric Science Program
University of Miami
1365 Memorial Drive
210 Ungar Building
Coral Gables, FL 33146-4250
Telephone: (305) 284-2180
Fax: (305) 284-4911
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