Meteorology concentration

CONCENTRATION IN METEOROLOGY



PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY MAJORS CAN BE AWARDED A CONCENTRATION IN METEOROLOGY BY COMPLETING TWO METEOROLOGY COURSES PLUS ELECTIVE COURSES TO TOTAL 18 HOURS


A concentration in meteorology shall consist of a minimum of 18 hours of coursework, which must include two meteorology courses from category (1) [elective courses from category (2) will make up the balance]:
  1. Two meteorology courses taken from the following five:
    • PHYS105: Introduction to Meteorology
    • PHYS308: Atmospheric Physics
    • PHYS456: Air Pollution Meteorology
    • PHYS457: Satellite Meteorology
    • PHYS458: Climate Change
  2. Elective courses:
    • PHYS206: Planetary Astronomy
    • PHYS298: Special Topics
    • PHYS301: Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS306: Physical Optics
    • PHYS307: Thermodynamics
    • PHYS308: Atmospheric Physics (if not taken to satisfy category (1) above)
    • PHYS390: Research
    • PHYS399: Tutorial
    • PHYS412: Special Topics
    • PHYS415: Fluid Mechanics
    • PHYS420: Senior Research
    • PHYS456: Air Pollution Meteorology (if not taken to satisfy category (1) above)
    • PHYS457: Satellite Meteorology (if not taken to satisfy category (1) above)
    • PHYS458: Climate Change (if not taken to satisfy category (1) above)
    • PHYS499: BachelorUs Essay
    • BIOL204: Man and the Environment
    • BIOL342: Oceanography
    • CHEM111: Principles of Chemistry
    • ENVT200: Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • GEOL205: Environmental Geology
    • GEOL220: Hydrogeology
    • GEOL290: Special Topics
    • GEOL314: Introduction to remote sensing
    • GEOL442: Remote Sensing
    • HONS390: Special Topics

Topics in GEOL 290, HONS390, PHYS298, 390, 399, 412, 420 and 499 must involve meteorology and must be approved by the meteorology concentration program director. Many of these courses require prerequisites which will not count towards the concentration unless they are on the list above. A minimum of three Physics courses are required to obtain a concentration. Students must notify the meteorology concentration program director prior to graduation to receive credit for the concentration on their transcript. The College requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the courses which comprise the concentration. The College also requires that at least nine hours in the concentration at the 200 level or above must be earned in residence at the College of Charleston.


The College of Charleston has the strongest meteorology undergraduate program in South Carolina.

Completion of this concentration can help prepare students for a wide variety of employment opportunities including: graduate study in Meteorology leading to research or teaching, environmental assessment, satellite remote sensing, National Weather Service assistants, manufacture and sales of weather equipment, legal assistant on weather-related crimes, television and newspaper weather reporter, National Defense (especially Air Force), insurance companies, airlines, Air Traffic Control, shipping, high school teaching, farming, government policy, and forecasting for events and for industry.


To have your transcript note credit for the meteorology concentration, or if you have any questions about the meteorology concentration, please see Prof. Lee Lindner, 143 Science Center (953-8288).