Overview

The MPS in Ocean Sciences program offers three tracks: Broadcast Meteorology, Climate and Society, and Weather Forecasting.

Broadcast Meteorology Track

The Broadcast Meteorology (BME) track provides a greater understanding of the broad environmental issues of the 21st Century, and prepares students with the tools, training, and education necessary for careers in broadcast meteorology.

Climate and Society Track

The Climate and Society (CS) track emphasizes the relationship between weather, climate and societal impacts and responses. This program provides advanced training for individuals seeking careers in government, insurance, energy, and a number of other weather-impacted industries.  Students in this track are fluent in the fundamentals of business and management, science-society interactions, and the physical and social sciences.

Weather Forecasting Track 

The Weather Forecasting (WFC) track is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in meteorology and seek graduate-level training and experience in applied weather forecasting.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:
  1. Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.)

Note to students: Deficiencies in required coursework may be considered on a case by case basis for otherwise highly qualified students or those demonstrating experience with these skills.

All application requirements are available here.

Broadcast Meteorology Track

Additional Prerequisites:
  • One year of Calculus and a minimum of 12 credits in natural science strongly recommended

Climate and Society Track

Additional Prerequisites:
 
  • Open to all undergraduate majors. Previous coursework in science or policy strongly recommended.

Weather Forecasting Track 

Additional Prerequisites:
 
  • Undergraduate degree in Meteorology, or closely related field (e.g. Math, Physics, or Geosciences)

Curriculum Requirements

Broadcast Meteorology Track

ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
or ATM 614 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
JMM 615Writing and Reporting Across Platforms3
JMM 605News Technologies3
or JMM 619 Interactive Storytelling
ATM 632Broadcast Meteorology3
JMM 617Television News Reporting3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere (or ELECTIVE)3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
ATM 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may substitute elective coursework for one or more of the above courses with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

RSM 620Climate and Society3
ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
ATM 732Climate Dynamics3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
ATM 660Tropospheric Chemistry I3
JMM 633Social Media3

 Curriculum Requirements

Climate and Society Track

Required Courses
ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
or ATM 614 Introduction to Weather and Climate
ATM 653Climate Change3
EVR 611The Science of Actionable Knowledge3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
RSM 620Climate and Society3
Required Internship
ATM 805MPS Internship 12-6
Electives9-13
Intermediate Spatial Analysis
General Circulation of the Atmosphere
Other courses by approval
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may substitute elective coursework for one or more of the above courses with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
EVR 603Interdisciplinary Environmental Research: Introduction to the Why and the How3
EVR 610Environmental Planning and the Environmental Impact Statement3
EVR 620Environmental Law and Policy3
EVR 624Statistics and Data Analysis for Environmental Science and Policy3
EVR 635Oceans of Thought: Exploring Marine and Environmental Literature3
MGS 776Paleoclimatology3
RSM 616Florida Topics in Environmental Law Policy3
ECS 603Interdisciplinary Environmental Methods3
ARC 639Adaptation to Climate Change3
EPH 633Policy Management of the Health Effects of Climate3
EPH 640Urban Environment and Public Health3
EPH 646Climate and Health3
EPH 727Climate, Environment, and Health: Data Integration and Management3
GEG 648Climate Change and Public Health3

Curriculum Requirements

Weather Forecasting Track 

ATM 651Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics3
ATM 662Advanced Weather Forecasting3
ATM 653Climate Change3
or ATM 652 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
ATM 765General Circulation of the Atmosphere3
ATM 636Hurricanes3
or ATM 663 Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms
or ATM 624 Applied Data Analysis
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory
3
RSM 620Climate and Society (or ELECTIVE)3
ELECTIVE3
ATM 805MPS Internship 12-6
Total Credit Hours30
1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Elective Options

Students may take any elective on the RSMAS campus with the consent of their faculty advisor. Below are a few examples of courses past students in this program used as electives.

ATM 731Air-Sea Interaction3
ATM 632Broadcast Meteorology3
ATM 762Computer Models in Fluid Dynamics3
ATM 636Hurricanes3
ATM 624Applied Data Analysis3
ATM 663Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Storms3
ATM 653Climate Change3
ATM 611Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I3
ATM 633Atmospheric Boundary Layer3
ATM 660Tropospheric Chemistry I3

Suggested Plan of Study

Broadcast Meteorology Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651 or 614 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
JMM 615 Writing and Reporting Across Platforms 3
JMM 605 or 619 News Technologies
or Interactive Storytelling
3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
ATM 632 Broadcast Meteorology 3
JMM 617 Television News Reporting 3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere * 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
ATM 805 MPS Internship 1 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Suggested Plan of Study

Climate and Society Track

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651 or 614 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
or Introduction to Weather and Climate
3
ATM 653 Climate Change 3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory 1
3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
EVR 611 The Science of Actionable Knowledge 3
EVR 662 Intermediate Spatial Analysis * 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society 3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere * 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
ATM 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Suggested Plan of Study

Weather Forecasting Track 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ATM 651 Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics 3
ATM 662 Advanced Weather Forecasting 3
ATM 653 or 652 Climate Change
or Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
3
EVR 660
EVR 661
Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems
and Introduction to Marine Geographic Information Systems - Laboratory 1
3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
ATM 636, 633,
Hurricanes
or Atmospheric Boundary Layer
or Applied Data Analysis
3
ATM 765 General Circulation of the Atmosphere 3
RSM 620 Climate and Society * 3
ELECTIVE 3
 Credit Hours12
Summer
ATM 805 MPS Internship 2 2-6
 Credit Hours6
 Total Credit Hours30
*

or Elective

1

Can be taken in Fall or Spring

2

Enrollment in 2 - 6 internship credits required during a student's time in MPS. Completion of less than 2 internship credits must be approved by MPS Director. Students may enroll in more than 6 internship credits with the approval of the Program Director. Typically 2 semesters are needed to complete all aspects of the internship phase of MPS.

Student Learning Outcomes

Broadcast Meteorology Track

  • Students will learn to research, analyze, predict, and then graphically and verbally communicate local and national weather forecasts “on camera”.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a written, final report and give an oral presentation based on original work/research in their chosen field completed during their internship.

Climate and Society Track

  • Students will be able to understand and assess financial consequences resulting from natural and anthropogenic climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events.
  • Students will demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of field and lab work during their internships.
  • Students will submit a written, final report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.

Weather Forecasting Track 

  • Weather Forecasting students will gain graduate-level understanding of weather and climate and become familiar with research directions in these areas.
  • Students will be able to analyze and prepare weather forecasts using a variety of global and regional weather models and apply this information to a variety of end-users.
  • Students will submit a final, written report and deliver a final presentation based on the work completed in their internship.