Undergraduate Course Sequence (sample)

Sample Meteorology Four Year Course Plan

Year 1 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
COMS 100 3 MATH 229, 110 or 155 4
ENGL 103 3 ENGL 203 3
Knowledge Domain 3 Knowledge Domain 3
MATH 110, 155 or 229 3 Knowledge Domain 3
GEOG 105 and 106 4 GEOG 256 or 306 3
UNIV 101 (optional) 1
Total hours 16-17 Total hours 16

Year 2 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Gen Ed: Humanities (VPA) 3 GEOG 370 or elective 3
GEOG 306 or 359 3 MATH 230 or 232 4
MATH 229 or 230 4 PHYS 253 4
Knowledge Domain 3 STAT 301 4
Knowledge Domain 3
Total hours 16 Total hours 15

Year 3 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PHYS 273 4 CSCI 240 4
MET 300 4 MATH 336 3
MET 360 3 MET 421 3
MATH 232 or elective 3-4 MET 475 1
GEOG 300 1 GEOG 459 3
Total hours 15-16 Total hours 14

Year 4 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
MET 410 4 MET 411 4
MET 444 3 MET 485 3
MET 475 1 MET 475 1
Elective: Minor or Certificate 3 Elective: Minor or Certificate 3
Elective: Minor or Certificate 3 Elective: Minor or Certificate 3
Total hours 14 Total hours 14
Notes/Comments: one elective must be upper-division
writing course, such as GEOG 391C, MET 491, etc.

Geography Advisor Andrew Krmenec
MET Undergraduate Coordinator David Changnon

Meteorology is a physical science that involves the study of the atmosphere and atmospheric phenomena as well as the atmosphere’s interaction with the earth’s surface, oceans, and life in general.  Meteorologists use sophisticated tools such as satellites, large computer systems, and radars to assist them with observing and forecasting weather and understanding its impacts on humans and the environment.

At NIU, Meteorology involves courses in weather forecasting, atmospheric dynamics and physics, remote sensing, and climatology.  These courses plus the sequences of courses required in mathematics and physics illustrate the quantitative nature of the program.  Students will participate in problem solving activities throughout their education.  The program conforms to National Weather Service and American Meteorological Society standards and builds a strong foundation of critical thinking and technical skills for careers in a wide variety of weather and environmental fields.