Meteorology Minor

MINOR IN METEOROLOGY



STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE WEATHER CAN BE AWARDED A MINOR IN METEOROLOGY BY COMPLETING A SURVEY COURSE IN METEOROLOGY, ONE ADDITIONAL COURSE IN METEOROLOGY, ONE YEAR OF INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS, PLUS OTHER ELECTIVE COURSES TO TOTAL 18 CREDIT HOURS IN THE MINOR


A minor in meteorology shall consist of a minimum of 18 hours of coursework, which must include one meteorology core course from category (1), two basic physics courses from category (2) and one additional meteorology-based course from category (3) [elective courses from category (4) will make up the balance]:

  1. One meteorology core course from the following two:
    • Physics 105: Introduction to Meteorology
    • Physics 308: Atmospheric Physics
  2. One year of basic physics (two courses):
    • Physics 101 and 102: Introductory Physics (including associated laboratories) or
    • Physics 201 and 202: General Physics (including associated laboratories) or
    • Honors 157 and 158: Honors Physics (including associated laboratories)
  3. One additional meteorology-based course selected from the following:
    • PHYS105: Introduction to Meteorology (if not taken to satisfy category (1) above)
    • PHYS298: Special Topics
    • PHYS308: Atmospheric Physics (if not taken to satisfy category (1) above)
    • PHYS390: Research
    • PHYS399: Tutorial
    • PHYS412: Special Topics
    • PHYS456: Air Pollution Meteorology
    • PHYS457: Satellite Meteorology
    • PHYS458: Climate Change
    • PHYS499: Bachelor's Essay
    • HONS390: Special Topics
  4. Elective courses:
    • PHYS206: Planetary Astronomy
    • PHYS298: Special Topics (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS301: Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS306: Physical Optics
    • PHYS307: Thermodynamics
    • PHYS308: Atmospheric Physics (if not taken to satisfy category (1) or (3) above)
    • PHYS390: Research (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS399: Tutorial (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS412: Special Topics (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS415: Fluid Mechanics
    • PHYS456: Air Pollution Meteorology (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS457: Satellite Meteorology (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS458: Climate Change (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • PHYS499: BachelorUs Essay (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)
    • BIOL342: Oceanography
    • CHEM101: General Chemistry
    • CHEM111: Principles of Chemistry
    • CHEM441: Physical Chemistry
    • ENVT200: Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • GEOL101: Introduction to Geology
    • GEOL205: Environmental Geology
    • GEOL220: Hydrogeology
    • GEOL290: Special Topics
    • GEOL314: Introduction to remote sensing
    • HONS390: Special Topics (if not taken to satisfy category (3) above)

Many of these courses require prerequisites which will not count towards the minor unless they are on the list above. Topics in GEOL290, HONS390, PHYS298, 390, 399, 412 and 499 must involve meteorology and must be approved by the meteorology minor program director. A minimum of nine credits must be at the 200 level or above. Students must notify the meteorology minor program director prior to graduation to receive credit for the minor on their transcript. The College requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the courses which comprise the minor. The College also requires that at least nine hours in the minor must be at the 200 level or above and earned in residence at the College of Charleston. Physics and Astronomy majors are not eligible for a minor in meteorology, but are eligible for a concentration in meteorology (see program director, Prof. B. Lee Lindner).


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


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