Undergraduate

Enhance your career preparation through the department's specialized teaching laboratories and research facilities, such as meteorology labs featuring advanced weather analysis software and a state-of-the-art mineralogy lab. You will have access to advanced equipment and other resources that support your geology and meteorology interests.

Choose from majors in:

  • Geology
  • Meteorology
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Integrated Science

Geology (B.A., B.S.)

The geology major emphasizes mastery of the basics required for success as a professional geoscientist: a strong foundation of geologic knowledge and the development of skills related to observation, field and laboratory projects, critical thinking, computer use and technical writing. This rigorous course of study serves as excellent preparation for graduate education or for a career in the geosciences.

Meteorology (B.S.)

CMU offers a modern, thorough curriculum to prepare you for a career in meteorology. It is the only undergraduate major in meteorology in the state of Michigan. Our program meets the guidelines specified for a Bachelor of Science degree by the American Meteorological Society, as well as the requirements outlined by the National Weather Service. This is considered to be the highest level of accreditation for undergraduate atmospheric science programs. Our program will provide you with the expertise necessary to attend graduate school, forecast for the National Weather Service, broadcast weather for television and radio, or work in the commercial weather industry. We have been accepted as an Academic Affiliate member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

Minor: Students majoring in Meteorology are required to also minor in Mathematics. This minor can be achieved simply by taking the courses required for the meteorology degree. You must sign up for this mathematics minor with any faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at some point prior to graduation.

Students in the meteorology major often elect to take an additional minor. In the past, these have included Geographic Information Systems, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Computer Science, and Economics.

Note: You are encouraged to consult with an advisor during your freshman year.

Sample Degree Maps

For your convenience, the meteorology faculty have prepared sample degree maps, one for those starting with Pre-Calculus and another for those starting with Calculus I. Completing these courses in this order would satisfy all requirements for graduation. The meteorology, mathematics, and physics courses must be taken in this order. It is up to you when other major, university program, competency and B.S. Plan B requirements are taken.

For students beginning with either College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra, five years of study will be required to complete all degree requirements.

Signing a Meteorology Major

Students must declare a major prior to completing 56 credit hours. The meteorology faculty will only sign majors for students in the second semester of their second year at CMU. If you are a student transferring to CMU with 56 credit hours, we will sign your major during your first year here.

Earth Science (B.S. in Ed. degree)

Provisional Secondary Certification and Provisional Secondary Certification with Emotional or Cognitive Impairment Endorsement

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach middle and high school earth science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the earth and space science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Environmental Studies (B.A., B.S.)

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the complex relationship between humans and the environment. This program is designed to satisfy the needs of students who desire to work in fields that are explicitly related to the environment as well as to provide valuable information to students who simply care about environmental issues. The Environmental Studies major requires a second major taken in another discipline.

Integrated Science (B.S. in Ed. degree)

Provisional Elementary Certification

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach elementary or middle school. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

Provisional Secondary Certification

This major offers a balanced interdisciplinary program of coursework in the life, physical, and earth and space sciences if you are planning to teach secondary school science. The required courses have been selected to prepare you to teach the science content in the Michigan Curriculum Framework including strong preparation in science inquiry through laboratory and field methods experiences. You are encouraged to work closely with an advisor throughout your program. Courses, where appropriate, may be double counted with the University Program and degree requirements on the Bachelor of Science in Education.

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