The Marine Science/Meteorology degree is a Bachelor of Science degree (BSMAS) that is designed to give students a strong background in the physical aspects of climate, as well as the interaction of the ocean and the atmosphere. The Meteorology curriculum follows the program guidelines established by the American Meteorological Society.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with the faculty and are able to earn course credit by conducting independent research under the supervision of leading scientists in their field. Research encompasses atmospheric dynamics, climate science, boundary-layer processes, cloud processes, and remote sensing. Focus areas include hurricanes (modeling, data assimilation and field observations), tropical meteorology, atmosphere-ocean coupling, climate, and climate change. Many faculty are active in fieldwork.

The Bachelor of Science double major in Marine Science/Meteorology prepares students for admission to graduate programs and for careers in teaching and research as well as for technical careers in government and private industries concerned with the oceans.

Curriculum Requirements

Atmospheric Science
ATM 103Survey of Modern Meteorology3
ATM 243Weather Forecasting3
ATM 303Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation3
ATM 305Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATM 307Introduction to the Physics of Climate3
ATM 405Atmospheric Dynamics I3
ATM 406Atmospheric Dynamics II3
ATM 407Weather Analysis4
ATM 409Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing3
Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MSC 215Chemical Oceanography3
MBE 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 302Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab1
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
or MBE 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Select 9 credit hours of approved Rosenstiel School electives within MBE, MSC, OCE or RSM courses 19
Other Required Courses
Select one of the following:5
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
CHM 121Principles of Chemistry 24
CHM 113Chemistry Laboratory I1
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
or MSC 203 Foundations of Computational Marine Science
Select one of the following:3-4
The Earth System
Earth System History
Origin and Geology of the Galapagos Islands.
MSC 204Environmental Statistics3
MTH 161Calculus I 34
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II (fulfills the Rosenstiel BSMAS quantitative skills requirement) 34
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 211Calculus III3
or MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
PHY 108College Physics Laboratory II1
General Education Requirements
Written Communication Skills:
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 107First-Year Writing II: STEM3
or WRS 106 First-Year Writing II
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
Quantitative Skills:
Calculus I (fulfilled through the major)
Calculus I
Areas of Knowledge:
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
STEM Cognate (9 credits) (fulfilled through the major)
Total Credit Hours123

At least 6 of which must be at the 300-level or higher. MSC 204 and MSC 425 do not satisfy the Rosenstiel School elective requirement. ATM courses, GSC courses, and courses from other Schools are allowed only if taken from an approved list.


Principles of Chemistry must be passed with a grade of “C-” or higher. 


Calculus I and II must be passed with a grade of “C” or higher. 

Suggested Plan of Study

This is only a sample.  There are numerous ways students can create plans of study for the Marine Science/Meteorology major.  Students should feel empowered to use the information listed in the Academic Bulletin to take charge of their education, pursue their own academic interests, and create their own, unique plans of study.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
ATM 103 Survey of Modern Meteorology 3
MSC 111 Introduction to Marine Science 3
MSC 112 Introduction to Marine Science Lab 1
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours14
ATM 243 Weather Forecasting 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
MTH 210 Introduction to Linear Algebra 3
PHY 201 University Physics I for the Sciences 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
MSC course (ATM 244 is recommended) 3
MSC 203 Foundations of Computational Marine Science 4
 Credit Hours15
ATM 303 Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation 3
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior Year
ATM 305 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MTH 211 or 310 Calculus III
or Multivariable Calculus
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours15
ATM 307 Introduction to the Physics of Climate 3
ATM 405 Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours16
Senior Year
ATM 406 Atmospheric Dynamics II 3
ATM 407 Weather Analysis 4
MBE 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MBE 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory 1 1
MSC Course 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours17
ATM 409 Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing 3
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
MSC Course 3
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours124

 6 elective courses must include:

  • 3 Arts and Humanities Cognate courses
  • 3 People and Society Cognate courses

1. Students must take one laboratory from MSC 216 or MBE 232


The mission of the Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science is to deepen our collective knowledge of our planet through cutting-edge scientific research on the oceans, atmosphere, geology, biota, and the human dimension, while training the next generation of scientists. We transfer the knowledge gained to our students, the national and international scientific community, and to policymakers and the public.

The educational mission of the BS degree in Marine Science at the University of Miami is to graduate students with the ability and desire to integrate knowledge of marine science into their future careers. 


Students completing this double major will be able to master a broad set of fundamental scientific knowledge in Marine Science and Meteorology, acquire valuable technical skills and learn how to apply this knowledge to real-world problems, in a time of changing climate and increasing stress on Earth’s resources and environment. The program will provide the rigor, flexibility, depth and integration to enable students to:

  • Design and pursue their course of study that meets requirements of a double major in Marine Science and Meteorology
  • Learn from the diverse and outstanding group of professors and researchers who are experts in their fields and have active research programs
  • Undertake active research experiences, which will allow them to gain a strong understanding of the scientific process and provide them with a set of valuable experimental and computational skills
  • Prepare themselves for graduate school and for successful careers in public and private industries.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  • Students will develop analytical and quantitative skills to allow critical data analysis.
  • Students will be able to do carry out supervised research in the field of marine science.
  • Meteorology students will be able to apply concepts from physics to the atmosphere of a rotating planet, to solve basic problems.
  • Students will be able to apply the basic concepts of thermodynamics to the atmosphere.
  • Students will learn the structure and chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere and apply this to air quality and environmental science applications.