Marine Science/Meteorology

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
MSC 230Introduction to Marine Biology3
MSC 301Introduction to Physical Oceanography3
MSC 302Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab1
MSC 216Chemical Oceanography Laboratory1
or MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory
Select 9 credit hours of approved electives in Marine Science 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
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 107English Composition II: Science and Technology3
or ENG 106 English Composition II
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 34
or MTH 172 Calculus II
MTH 210Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MTH 310Multivariable Calculus3
or MTH 211 Calculus III
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
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Total Credit Hours123-124

Suggested Plan 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
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
 Credit Hours14
Spring
ATM 243 Weather Forecasting 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
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
Elective #1 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
ATM 303 Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation 3
MSC 301 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 3
MSC 302 Introduction to Physical Oceanography Lab 1
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
MSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
ATM 305 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MSC 215 Chemical Oceanography 3
MTH 310 Multivariable Calculus 3
Elective #2 3
Elective #3 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ATM 307 Introduction to the Physics of Climate 3
ATM 405 Atmospheric Dynamics I 3
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CSC 120 or MSC 203 Computer Programming I
or Foundations of Computational Marine Science
4
MTH 311 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
 Credit Hours18
Senior Year
Fall
ATM 406 Atmospheric Dynamics II 3
ATM 407 Weather Analysis 4
MSC 230 Introduction to Marine Biology 3
MSC 232 Introduction to Marine Biology Laboratory 1
MSC Course 3
Elective #4 3
 Credit Hours17
Spring
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

Mission

The mission of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric 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. 

Goals

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.