Undergraduate Course Sequence (sample)

Sample Meteorology Four Year Course Plan

Year 1

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

  Coms 100
Engl 103
Gen Ed
(Social Science)
Gen Ed
(Humanities)
GEOG 105, 106


Total hours
3
3
3

3

4


16 hrs
Math 229 or 110
or 155
Engl 104
Gen Ed
(Social Science)
Gen Ed
(Interdisiplinary)
Core Competency
or elective
Total hours
4
3
3

3

3


16 hrs

Year 2

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

  Gen Ed
(Humanities)
Phys 253
Math 230 or 155
or 229
Csci 230 or 240
Total hours
3

4

4
4
15 hrs
GEOG 300
Stat 301
Phys 273
Math 230 or 232
GEOG 256 or
elective
Total hours
1
4
4
4
3

16 hrs

Year 3

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

  Gen Ed (Arts)
MET 300
GEOG 460
Math 232
Elective or minor
or certificate

Total hours
3
4
3
4
3


17 hrs
MET 320
Math 336
MET elective
Gen Ed (Interdisiplinary
or Humanities)
Elective or minor
or certificate
Total hours
3
3
3
3

3

15 hrs

Year 4

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

  MET 410
MET 421
MET elective(s)
Elective or minor
or certificate
Elective or minor
or certificate
Total hours
4
3
3
3

3

16 hrs
MET 411
MET elective(s)
MET 491 or GEOG 391C
Elective or minor
or certificate
Elective or minor
or certificate
Total hours
4
3
3
3

3

16 hrs

Undergraduate Coordinator Andrew Krmenec
MET Undergraduate Coordinator David Changnon

Meteorology is a physical science that involves the study of the atmosphere and atmospheric phenomena as well as the atmosphere’s interaction with the earth’s surface, oceans, and life in general.  Meteorologists use sophisticated tools such as satellites, large computer systems, and radars to assist them with observing and forecasting weather and understanding its impacts on humans and the environment.

At NIU, Meteorology involves courses in weather forecasting, atmospheric dynamics and physics, remote sensing, and climatology.  These courses plus the sequences of courses required in mathematics and physics illustrate the quantitative nature of the program.  Students will participate in problem solving activities throughout their education.  The program conforms to National Weather Service and American Meteorological Society standards and builds a strong foundation of critical thinking and technical skills for careers in a wide variety of weather and environmental fields.