Environmental Meteorology Option

Environmental Meteorology Option (27-29 credits)

Environmental Meteorology prepares the student for understanding the impact of the weather and climate on the environment, which is to say the impacts of air and water on natural and human-altered ecosystems. In order to do this, the option establishes links between atmospheric physics and a variety of environmental disciplines pertaining to land, water, soils, and plants. Depending on his/her interests, the student will select courses in Air Quality and Dispersion, Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Geographic Information Systems, or Hydrology.

Required (12 credits)

  • C E 370 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3)

  • METEO 454 Micrometeorology (3)$

  • METEO 455 Atmospheric Dispersion (3)

  • METEO 473 Application of Computers to Meteorology (3)#
    or
    METEO 474 Computer Methods of Meteorological Analysis and Forecasting (3)#

# satisfies the the meteorological data analysis course requirement.
$ satisfies the the physical meteorology course requirement.

Select 15-17 credits from the following list:

In some cases there are prerequisites, so careful planning is needed in scheduling these. For those with interests in the chemistry or biological sciences, BIO 110, CHEM 112, CHEM 111 and CHEM 113 are recommended prerequisites for a variety of courses.

  • BIOL 110  Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity (4)

  • C E 360 Fluid Mechanics (3) (E MCH 212 required)

  • C E 461 Water-resource Engineering (3) (C E 360 required)

  • C E 475 Water Quality Analysis (4) (CHEM 110 required)

  • C E 479 Environmental Microbiology for Engineers (3) (C E 370, C E 371 required)

  • CHEM 112 Chemical Principles II (3) (CHEM 110 or CHEM 116 required)

  • CHEM 113 Experimental Chemistry (1) (CHEM 111 required)

  • CHEM 450 Physical Chemistry - Thermodynamics (3)

  • CHEM 457 Experimental Physical Chemistry (2)

  • CHEM 464 Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics (3) (CHEM 450 or CH E 220 and CHEM 452 required)

  • E R M 430 Environmental Resource Management (3) (Biology 220W required)

  • E R M 435 Limnology (3) (BIOL 110, BIOL 220W, CHEM 110 required)

  • E R M 447 Stream Restoration (3) (A S M 327 or A B E307 or C E 361 required)

  • E R M 450 Wetland Conservation (3) (E R M 300 or W F S 209 required)

  • GEOG 111 Biogeography and Global Ecology (3)

  • GEOG 311 Landscape Ecology (3) (GEOG 111, BIOL 110, FOR 308 or W F S 209)

  • GEOG 313 Introduction to Field Geography (3) (GEOG 160 required)

  • GEOG 361 Cartography--Maps and Map Construction (3) (GEOG 160 required)

  • GEOG 362 Image Analysis (3) (Geog 160 [121] required)

  • GEOG 363 Geographic Information Systems (3) (Geog 160 [121] required)

  • GEOG 417 Satellite Climatology (3) (GEOG 362)

  • GEOG 463 Geospatial Information Management (3) (GEOG 363)

  • M E 405 Indoor Air Quality Engineering (3)

  • M E 433 Fundamentals of Air Pollution (3) (M E 201 or M E 300)

  • METEO 419 Air Quality Forecasting (3)
  • METEO 437 Atmospheric Chemistry and Cloud Physics (3)

In addition to the recommendations included in the above list, the student may request with the approval of his/her advisor a different 300- or 400-level, 3-credit course that will contribute significantly to his/her professional educational goals.

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