Bachelor of Science

PSU’s Bachelor of Science in Meteorology is unique in the state of New Hampshire. Our meteorology program not only meets but exceeds all recommended American Meteorological Society guidelines for undergraduate degree programs.

We offer a single, traditional track, well grounded in science and mathematics, along with elective courses. With usually only 15 to 35 students in both major courses and other required science and mathematics courses, students benefit from working closely with a very dedicated and professional faculty.

PSU meteorology students have both a demanding curriculum and a wide variety of opportunities to broaden their experiences. Our students have been very successful in competing for national scholarship and research programs for undergraduates. Many also complete internships.

The BS in Meteorology at PSU prepares you to continue professionally or academically in nearly any field of meteorology or atmospheric sciences. Over 80 percent of our meteorology alumni from the last 10 years are currently employed as professional meteorologists or in graduate school.

DescriptionDegree Requirements
Plymouth State University is the only institution in New Hampshire to offer a BS degree in Meteorology. The program offers students not only a solid curriculum in traditional areas of theoretical and applied meteorology but also an opportunity for independent research and for internships in operational meteorology. A program graduate will have received an education of sufficient depth and versatility either to pursue advanced graduate study in theoretical or experimental meteorology or to seek employment in the fields of operational and applied meteorology. As an alternative to the BS program, students may pursue an interdisciplinary major that incorporates atmospheric science with related fields such as earth science, mathematics, computer science, journalism, etc. At a minimum, entering students should have a mastery of high school precalculus. Meteorology majors should consider the following minors: Business Administration, Computer Science, General Mathematics, Professional Communication, or Technical Mathematics.

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)


MT 2110 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences 3
MT 2230 Introduction to Meteorological Analysis 1
MT 2800 Climatology (GACO) 3
MT 3230 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MT 3300 Synoptic Meteorology I 4
MT 3710 Meteorological Instruments and Observations (WRCO) 4
MT 4280 Synoptic Meteorology II (TECO) 4
MT 4310 Dynamic Meteorology I 3
MT 4320 Dynamic Meteorology II 3
MT 4410 Atmospheric Physics 3
MT 4480 Mesoscale Meteorology 3
Oral Communication – complete one of the following: 1
MT 4330 Current Weather Seminar
MT 4360 Forecasting/Broadcast Practicum
Capstone Experiences – minimum of five credits 5
Students will design their capstone experiences with their academic advisors. Capstone experiences should contain a mix of coursework (4000 level) and experiential learning (internship, research, or practicum) .
CH 2335 General Chemistry I (QRCO) 4
CH 2340 General Chemistry II 4
CS 2400 Scientific Programming 3
MA 2550 Calculus I (QRCO) 4
MA 2560 Calculus II (QRCO) 4
MA 3500 Probability and Statistics for Scientists 3
MA 3510 Differential Equations 3
MA 3540 Calculus III 4
PH 2410 University Physics I 3
PH 2420 University Physics II 3
PH 2430 University Physics Laboratory I 1
PH 2440 University Physics Laboratory II 1
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
DICO Diversity Connection 3
INCO Integration Connection 3
WECO Wellness Connection 3
Electives 10

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

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