The Bachelor of Science degree program prepares students for further graduate studies as well as for non-academic professional applications. The program follows standards established by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), emphasizing a math and physics background for understanding the physical processes governing the motion and composition of the atmosphere.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to work with the faculty and are able to earn course credit and senior theses by conducting 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 in Meteorology prepares students for admission to graduate programs and for careers in teaching and research as well as for those who will pursue a technical career in this area in government or private industry.

Curriculum Requirements

Atmospheric Science
ATM 103Survey of Modern Meteorology3
ATM 243Weather Forecasting3
ATM 265Atmospheric Chemistry3
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
Other Required Courses
CSC 120Computer Programming I4
or MSC 203 Foundations of Computational Marine Science
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MTH 161Calculus I 14
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II (fulfills the Rosenstiel BSMAS quantitative skills requirement) 14
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 211Calculus III3
or MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus
MTH 224Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MSC 204 Environmental Statistics
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
PHY 201University Physics I for the Sciences4
PHY 106College Physics Laboratory I1
PHY 202University Physics II for the Sciences4
PHY 108College Physics Laboratory II1
Atmospheric Science, Mathematics, or Science Course3
Additional Electives24
Recommended courses include:
Tropical Weather and Forecasting
Advanced Principles in Broadcasting Meteorology
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
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 Hours120

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


500-level courses are open to undergraduates but typically offered on the Rosenstiel School campus. For Broadcast Meteorology double-majors and minors, the electives may be taken from the School of Communications.

Suggested Plan of Study with Math Minor

This is only a sample.  There are numerous ways students can create plans of study for the Meteorology major.  Students should feel empowered to use the information listed in the Academic Bulletin and the 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
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours17
ATM 243 Weather Forecasting 3
ATM 265 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
WRS 107 First-Year Writing II: STEM 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
Elective #2 3
 Credit Hours16
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
ATM/MTH/Science Course (ATM 244 is recommended) 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours14
ATM 303 Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation 3
CSC 120 or MSC 203 Computer Programming I
or Foundations of Computational Marine Science
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
MSC 204 or MTH 224 Environmental Statistics
or Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours18
Junior Year
ATM 305 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MTH 211 or 310 Calculus III
or Multivariable Calculus
Elective #5 3
Elective #6 3
Elective #7 3
 Credit Hours15
ATM 307 Introduction to the Physics of Climate 3
ATM 405 Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
Elective #8 3
Elective #9 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
ATM 406 Atmospheric Dynamics II 3
ATM 407 Weather Analysis 4
Elective #10 3
Elective #11 3
 Credit Hours13
ATM 409 Cloud Physics, Radiation, and Remote Sensing 3
Elective #12 3
Elective #13 3
Elective #14 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120


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 Meteorology at the University of Miami is to graduate students with the ability and desire to integrate knowledge of meteorology into their future careers. 


Students completing this major will be able to master a broad set of fundamental scientific knowledge in 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:

  • Pursue a course of study that provides both depth and breadth in Meteorology and related science courses. 
  • 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 be able to apply and use the equations that govern physical atmospheric processes and responses to explain fundamental principles and behaviors of the atmosphere and to solve quantitative problems.
  • Students will be able to utilize and interpret observations and model output to evaluate atmospheric processes and phenomena.
  • Students will be able to use a computer programming language to investigate weather and climate phenomena and to analyze and visualize data.
  • Students will be able to carry out supervised research in the field of atmospheric science.
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate scientific information.