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 degree program is meant for students planning to continue with graduate studies in atmospheric science, or 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
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
MSC 111Introduction to Marine Science3
MSC 112Introduction to Marine Science Lab1
MTH 161Calculus I 14
or MTH 171 Calculus I
MTH 162Calculus II 1, 24
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 224Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MSC 204 Environmental Statistics
MTH 311Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations3
MTH 310Multivariable Calculus3
or MTH 211 Calculus III
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
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Additional Electives24
Recommended courses include:
Tropical Weather and Forecasting
Advanced Principles in Broadcasting Meteorology
Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Total Credit Hours120

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


Calculus II fulfills the Quantitative Skills Requirement.


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

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 310 Multivariable Calculus 3
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. 


This program strives to 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. 
  • Prepare themselves for public and private sector employment, graduate school, and successful careers.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • 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.