Meteorology Program

Meteorology Courses

Class grades must be C- or higher for courses within the major/minor. 

Introduction to Weather and Climate (3 cr, Fall) Structure, physics, dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere; weather phenomena weather forecasting, climate and climate change. Contemporary topics covered in this class include global warming, the ozone hole, hurricanes and El Nino. Not for major or minor. 
Survey of Modern Meteorology (3 cr, Fall) Dynamics and thermodynamics of the atmosphere as they relate to contemporary issues in meteorology. Overview of numerical weather prediction techniques and new technologies for monitoring weather and climate. Prerequisite: MTH 108. 
Current Weather and Climate Topics (2 cr, Spring) Weather-and Climate- related phenomena such as hurricanes, severe storms, global warning, and acid rain.
Global Climate Change (3cr, Fall and Spring) The Earth’s climate and the role of natural and anthropogenic processes in shaping climate change. 
Weather Forecasting (3 cr, Fall) Application of physical principles to weather forecasting; use and interpretation of computer-generated forecast guidance products of the U.S. Weather Service. Prerequisites:  ATM 103 and MTH 108.
Atmospheric Chemistry (3 cr, Spring)  ATM 265 is focused on those aspects of environmental chemistry of most relevance to meteorology students. The class fulfills the American Meteorological Society (AMS) chemistry expectations, and ATM program requirements, for a Bachelors Degree in Meteorology. Students interested in pursuing upper-level chemistry courses, including MSC 215 (Chemical Oceanography), and pre-med majors, are recommended to take CHM 111 to meet requirements for the Meteorology B.S. Degree. 

Atmospheric Observations (3 cr, Spring) Techniques for measuring meteorological variables at the ground and in the free atmosphere. Prerequisites:  ATM 103 and PHY 101 or PHY 205.
Atmospheric Thermodynamics (3 cr, Fall) Equation of state; water vapor and moist air thermodynamics; phase changes and latent heat; buoyancy and atmospheric convection; thermodynamic diagrams. Prerequisites:  PHY 205. 
Advanced Principles in Broadcast Meteorology (3 cr, Spring) Broadcast meteorology including the production of professional weather briefings and weather news for on camera delivery. Emphasis on accurately communicating complex meteorological concepts, use of computer graphics, and on-camera delivery.  Prerequisite: ATM 103 or permission of instructor. 
Introduction to the Physics of Climate (3 cr, Spring) The physical mechanisms which govern the earth’s climate and climate variability. Prerequisite: ATM 305. 
Scientific Programming in the Atmospheric Sciences (3 cr, alternate Springs) An introduction to scientific programming in a Linux environment using the FORTRAN 90/95 language with specific applications to meteorology. Prerequisites: (CSC 120).
Readings in Atmospheric Science (1- 2 cr, Fall and Spring) Library research with faculty supervision. Bibliography to be submitted in preparation for laboratory and/or field research project. Maximum 3 credits count towards major or minor.
Atmospheric Dynamics I (3 cr, Spring) (3 cr, Spring) Derivation and scaling of the equations of atmospheric motion; hydrostatic and geostrophic balance; circulation and vorticity. Pre-requisites: MSC 305 OR ATM 305, AND MTH 310; or permission of instructor.
Atmospheric Dynamics II (3 cr, Fall) Baroclinic and barotropic instability; boundary layer dynamics; mathematical principles of numerical weather prediction; maintenance of the general circulation. Prerequisite: ATM 405. 
Weather Analysis (3 cr, Fall) Three-dimensional analysis of synoptic-scale weather systems; application of the fundamental laws of atmospheric dynamics to observed weather patterns; practical questions of worldwide data exchange and display. Prerequisite: ATM 305. 
Physical Meteorology (3 cr, Spring) Atmospheric radiation; absorption and scattering principles of remote sensing of the atmosphere; cloud microphysics; nucleation, coalescence, ice crystal growth, atmospheric electricity and lighting. Prerequisite: ATM 305. 
Projects in Atmospheric Science (1- 3 cr, Fall and Spring) Individual, independent research projects with faculty supervision. A formal written report is required. No more than 6 credits in total from MSC371, MSC411, and MSC412 can be counted towards the MSC major or minor requirements Prerequisite: ATM 371
Undergraduate Thesis in Atmospheric Science (1cr, Fall, Spring, Summer) Undergraduate thesis in Atmospheric Science. Students will write a formal thesis summarizing the results of independent research carried out under faculty supervision.  Prerequisite or co-requisite: ATM 411 and permission of instructor.

500-level classes are offered at the RSMAS campus and are open to undergraduates. For details of all current RSMAS graduate courses, see

Physical Oceanography (3 cr) Offered fall semesters Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Applied Data Analysis (3 cr) Offered spring semesters Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
Broadcast Meteorology (3 cr) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
Tropical Meteorology (3 cr) Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
Convective and Mesoscale Meteorology (3 cr) Offered alternate spring semesters Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
Global Climate Change (3 cr) Offered Fall Semester Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 
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