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Meteorology Curriculum at WKU

Majors & Minors in Meteorological Related Sciences


B.S. Meteorology Professional Program (48 hours) [Extended Major #578]

Recommended 4-Year Degree Plan
Required Courses (36 hours)
    • METR 121 Introduction to Meteorology (3 hours)
    • METR 122 Aviation Meteorology (3 hours)
    • CS 170 Problem Solving & Programming (3 hours)
    • GEOG 300 Writing in the Geosciences (3 hours)
    • GISC 316 Fundamentals of GIS (4 hours)
    • METR 324 Weather Analysis and Forecasting (3 hours)
    • GEOG 391 Spatial Data Analysis (4 hours)
    • METR 431 Dynamic Meteorology I (3 hours)
    • METR 432 Synoptic Meteorology (3 hours)
    • METR 433 Dynamic Meteorology II (3 hours)
    • METR 437 Mesoscale Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 499 Professional Development (1 hour)
Elective Courses (12 hours)
    • Select from any METR or GEOG 2xx - 4xx courses with you advisor, to meet the 48 unduplicated hours requirement.
    • Examples include METR 322, 325, 335, 422, 430, 438, 439, 440, 460, etc.
    • To meet the GS-1340 standards for employment with the National Weather Service as a Meteorologist you will need to choose the following courses among your electives: 
      • METR 438 Physical Meteorology
      • METR 325 Meteorological Instruments OR METR 335 Radar and Satellite Meteorology
      • METR 422 Physical Climatology OR GEOG/L 310 Hydrology
    • To meet the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Program requirements you will need to meet the GS-1340 standards above and choose the following courses: CHEM 120/121 and GEOG 455.
Additional Program Requirements (not included in the 48-hour program) (25 hours) 
    • MATH 136 Calculus I (4 hours)
    • MATH 137 Calculus II (4 hours)
    • MATH 237 Multivariable Calculus (4 hours)
    • MATH 331 Differential Equations (3 hours)
    • PHYS 255 University Physics I (4 hour)
    • PHYS 256 University Physics I Laboratory (1 hour)
    • PHYS 256 University Physics II (4 hours)
    • PHYS 266 University Physics II Laboratory (1 hour)

Suggested Supporting Colonnade Classes:

    • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Explorations: Social and Behavioral)
    • GEOG or GEOL 103 Our Dynamic Planet (Explorations: Natural Science)
    • GEOG 226 Our Dangerous Planet (Connections: Systems)

B.S. Geography and Environmental Studies - Climate Systems (52 hours) [Major #675]

Recommended 4 Year Degree Plan
Common Core Requirements (26 hours)
    • GEOG or GEOL 103 Our Dynamic Planet (Explorations: Natural Science) (3 hours)
    • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Explorations: Social and Behavioral) (3 hours)
    • GEOG 300 Writing in the Geosciences (3 hours)
    • GISC 316 Fundamentals of GIS (4 hours)
    • GISC 317 GIS (4 hours)
    • GEOG 391 Spatial Data Analysis (4 hours)
    • GEOG 452/475/495 Geography Field Experience/Research Practicum/Internship (4 hours)
    • GEOG 499 Professional Development (1 hour)
Required Concentration Courses (10 hours)
    • METR 121 Meteorology (3 hours)
    • METR 322 Global Climate Systems (4 hours)
    • GEOG 455 Global Climate Change (3 hours)
Elective Courses (16 hours)
    • Select from GISC, GEOG, or METR 1xx - 4xx courses with your advisor to meet the 52 unduplicated hours required. At least 26 total program hours must be at the upper-division-level.
    • Examples include METR 122, METR 324, METR 325, GEOG 226, GEOG 227, GEOG 280, GEOG 310, etc.
Additional Program Requirements (not included in the 52 program hours)
    • MATH 116 Algebra (3 hours)
    • MATH 183 Statistics (3 hours)

Minor in Water Resources (22 hours) [#491 - Major Required]

Required Courses (16 hours)
    • GEOL 111 The Earth (3 hours)
    • GEOL 113 The Earth Laboratory (1 hour)
    • METR 121 Intro to Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOL or GEOG 310 Global Hydrology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 427 Water Resources (3 hours)
    • GEOG 474 Environmental Planning (3 hours)
Elective Courses (6 hours)
    • GEOL 415 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
    • GEOL 440 Hydrogeology (3 hours)
    • GEOL 445 Aqueous Geochemistry (3 hours)
    • METR 422 Physical Climatology (4 hours)
    • GEOG 428 Applied Groundwater (3 hours)
    • GEOG 487 Environmental Law (3 hours)

*Effective for Meteorology students beginning the program in Fall 2017
Last Updated: September 14, 2017

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 Last Modified 9/19/17