Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Meteorology, Bachelor of Science (578)

Program Coordinator

Gregory B. Goodrich, gregory.goodrich@wku.edu, (270) 745-5986

The B.S. in Meteorology degree at WKU is the first and largest meteorology program in Kentucky or Tennessee that meets all the Federal Civil Service requirements (GS-1340) for employment by the National Weather Service and enables TV broadcast meteorologists to immediately pursue the "Certified Broadcast Meteorologist" program of the American Meteorological Society upon graduation.  In addition to preparing students for immediate employment as meteorologists, the combination of advanced theoretical and applied coursework as well as experience with meteorological instrumentation and computer programming will provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate school in the atmospheric sciences.  Students will become more directly involved in faculty-sponsored research, increased co-authorship of peer-reviewed research articles, and increased presentation of research results at professional meetings and conferences.

Students will also have the opportunity to work for White Squirrel Weather (WSWX), which acts as the WKU weather service, where students make weather observations and weather forecasts to provide decision support to a variety of WKU entities, including WKU Athletics, Environmental Health and Safety, and WKU Admissions. 

Program Requirements (50 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

The major in Meteorology leads to a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and requires a minimum of 50 semester hours of meteorology, geography, GIS, and computer science. A minor program is not required. Other required courses in physics and mathematics total an additional 25 semester hours. Students majoring in meteorology will learn the key concepts and skills necessary to qualify as a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, and to meet the standards of the American Meteorological Society. 

Required Courses

METR 121Meteorology3
METR 122Aviation Meteorology3
CS 170Problem Solving and Programming3
GEOG 300Writing in the Geosciences3
GISC 316Fundamentals of GIS4
METR 324Weather Analysis and Forecasting3
GEOG 391Geoscience Data Analysis4
METR 431Dynamic Meteorology I3
METR 432Synoptic Meteorology3
METR 433Dynamic Meteorology II3
METR 437Mesoscale Meteorology3
METR 438Physical Meteorology3
Meteorology Technique Course
METR 325Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurement3
or METR 335 Satellite/Radar Meteorology
Total Hours41

In addition to the required courses, select 9 hours from any 200-level or above METR course 

Suggested courses include: 9
Global Climate Systems
Meteorological Instrumentation and Measurement
Satellite/Radar Meteorology
Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting
Field Methods in Severe Weather Analysis and Forecasting
Meteorological Computing
Atmospheric Modeling
Climate Teleconnections
Selected Topics in Meteorology
Total Hours9

Additional Courses Required Outside of the Major

PHYS 255
PHYS 256
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
PHYS 265
PHYS 266
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
MATH 136Calculus I4
MATH 137Calculus II4
MATH 237Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 331Differential Equations3
Total Hours25

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
METR 1213MATH 1374
ENG 1003METR 1223
MATH 1364HIST 101 or HIST 1023
GEOG 1103COMM 1453
GEOG 1752ENG 2003
 15 16
Second Year
MATH 2374MATH 3313
CS 1703METR 3243
GISC 3164World Language or Elective3
GEOG 2263Colonnade - Social & Behavioral3
 General Elective3
 14 15
Third Year
METR 4313METR 4333
GEOG 3003Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3
METR 3353METR 4383
PHYS 255
PHYS 256
5PHYS 265
PHYS 266
METR Elective3 
 17 14
Fourth Year
METR 4323METR 4373
GEOG 3914METR Elective3
Colonnade - Connections3Colonnade - Connections3
METR Elective or Independent Research3Colonnade - Connections3
METR 3253General Elective1
 16 13
Total Hours 120
  • 120 Hours total are required in the program, with 42 hours at the 300/400 level.
  • Summer courses, including Study Abroad, Field Camps, and other independent research opportunities, can reduce the number of hours required in the regular semesters.
  • Any of the courses can be moved from semester to semester to take advantage of courses when offered.
  • The WKU Colonnade Program requires a minimum of 39 hours, with several required courses in the Geography program that can be double-counted. METR/GEOG courses marked * count for Colonnade Credit.
  • Colonnade Connections courses are restricted to Juniors/Seniors, unless 21 credit hours of Colonnade Explorations and Foundations courses have already been completed. Three disciplines are required for Connections credit (METR, GEOG, GEOL, and GISC count as separate disciplines).

REQUIRED IN THE MAJOR (48 hours): CORE COURSES = METR 121*, 122, CS 170, GEOG 300*, 391, METR 324, 431, 432, 433, 437, GEOG 499 (36 hours); ELECTIVE COURSES = any 12 hours of approved METR or equivalent coursework; PLUS PHYS, 255 256, 265, 266, MATH 136*, 137*, 237, 331.