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Meteorology Course Descriptions

​Course Descriptions – Required Meteorology Courses

​MET 260: Introduction to Atmospheric Science (3)
Description and analysis of the fundamental atmospheric phenomena that define our weather and climate: radiation, wind, moisture, stability, clouds, precipitation, convection, and cyclones.

MET 265: Professional Development in the Atmospheric Sciences (3)
Development of a plan for success in meteorology based on understanding the requirements to enter the field and the resources CMU provides to meet them

MET 355: Weather Forecasting Practicum (1-4)
Presentation of past, current, and forecast weather data to an audience of meteorology majors and faculty. This course may be repeated for up to four credits.

MET 310: Atmospheric Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer (3)
Thermodynamic properties of dry and moist air. Atmospheric stability. Theory and applications of thermodynamic diagrams. Structure and evolution of the atmospheric boundary layer.Prerequisites: MET 260 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 133. Pre/Co-requisite: PHY 145.

MET 312: Meteorological Instrumentation and Observations (3)
Design and use of meteorological instrumentation, including meteorological radar and satellites. Prerequisite: MET 310 with a grade of C- or better.

MET 320: Physical Meteorology (3)
Microphysical processes in warm and cold clouds.  Properties of radiation and radiative transfer in the atmosphere. Prerequisites: MET 310 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145; MTH 133.

MET 330: Dynamic Meteorology I (3)
Application of NewtonÕs laws of motion to various scales of atmospheric phenomena. Vorticity, divergence and vertical motion. Prerequisites: MET 310 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 233;PHY 145. Pre/Co-requisite: MET 340.

MET 335: Dynamic Meteorology II (3)
Quasi-geostrophic theory and its application in weather prediction and diagnosis. Atmospheric waves, baroclinic instability theory. Prerequisite: MET 330 with a grade of C- or better.

MET 340: Synoptic Meteorology I (3)
Analysis of large-scale weather patterns through the application of concepts from physical and dynamical meteorology. Focus on cyclogenesis and frontogenesis. Prerequisites: MET 310 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 233; PHY 145. Pre/Co-requisite(s): MET 330.

MET 345: Synoptic Meteorology II (3)
Advanced analysis of large-scale weather patterns through the application of concepts from physical and dynamical meteorology. Focus on quasi-geostrophic, isentropic, and potential vorticity frameworks. Prerequisite: MET 340 with a grade of C- or better. Pre/Co-requisite: MET 335.

MET 450: Mesoscale Meteorology (3)
Structure, dynamics, and morphology of atmospheric phenomena on the mesoscale including thunderstorms and mesoscale convective systems. Prerequisites: MET 335, 345.

MET 460: Climate Dynamics (3)
Examines physical laws that govern the climate system; intraseasonal and longer climatic variations (General Circulation, Climate Change, teleconnections) and fundamental data analysis. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites:  MET 335; MTH 232. 

Pre/Co-requisites: CPS 150 or 180; STA 382

MET 480: Atmospheric Modeling (3)
Numerical differencing techniques, stability analysis, structure and operation of commonly utilized weather and climate models, physical parameterizations and their implications. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: MET 450; CPS 150 or 180.

Course Descriptions – Elective Meteorology Courses

MET 101QR: Our Changing Climate (3)
Scientifici causes of climate change and its potential impact. Past, current, and future climates with emphasis on how scientists measure and interpret climate variation. Quantitative Reasoning. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences)

MET 140 Severe and Unusual Weather (3)
Description and causes of tornadoes, hurricanes, explosive cyclones, floods and drought. The potential impact of global climate change on these phenomena. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. (University Program Group IIB: Quantitative and Mathematical Sciences)

MET 250 Geoscience Mapping and Resource Evaluation (3)
This course explores applications that aid in the analysis of geoscience data. Integration of various geospatial data sources and analysis pertinent to geoscientists. Identical to GEL 250; credit may not be earned in both of these courses. Prerequisites: GEO 203; One of: MET 101 or MET 140 or MET 260 or GEL 100 or GEL 101, 102 or GEL 105, 102 or GEL 130.

MET 301 Climatology & Climate Change (3)
A study of major climate types, their controls, distribution patterns and significance. Examination of the causes and implications of climatic change. Prerequisite: GEO 201 or MET 101 or MET 140 or MET 260.

MET 315 Computer Applications in Meteorology (2)
Analysis of different types of meteorological data using meteorological software within the Linux operating system, including proper ways to visualize and present data. Prerequisites: MET 310 with a grade of C- or better.

MET 350 Tropical Meteorology (3)
Climatology and weather analysis in the tropics: streamlines, time sections. Air-sea interactions, convection, tropical disturbances, hurricanes, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and tropical/mid-latitude interaction. Pre/Co-requisites: MET 335, 345.

MET 375 Special Studies in Meteorology (1-6)
Various special topics in atmospheric science. Repeatable up to 6 credits when content previously studied is not duplicated. Prerequisite: See Course Search and Registration.

MET 491 Internship (1-6)
Internship in the filed of atmospheric science. Prerequisites: Three or more courses in MET program (2 of which must be 300 level or greater), permission of instructor.

MET 497 Independent Study (1-6)
Research in meteorology with topics agreed upon by student and instructor. May be taken only by arrangement prior to registration. Prerequisites: Three or more courses in MET program (2 of which must be 300 level or greater), permission of instructor.​​