Western Kentucky University

Meteorology Curriculum at WKU

Majors & Minors in Meteorological Related Sciences


B.S. Meteorology Professional Program (50.5 hours) [Extended Major #578]

Recommended 4-Year Degree Plan
Foundation Requirements (10 hours)
    • GEOG 100 or GEOL 102 or GEOL 111 Earth Science (3 hours)
    • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (3 hours)
    • GEOG 121 Introduction to Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 499 Professional Development (3 hours)
Technique Requirements (10 hours)
    • GEOG 300 Research Methods (3 hours)
    • GEOG 316 Fundamentals of GIS (4 hours)
    • GEOG 391 Data Analysis (3 hours)
Thematic Requirements (11 hours)
    • GEOG 422 Physical Climatology (4 hours)
    • GEOG 424 Weather Analysis & Forecasting (3 hours)
    • CS 180 Computer Science I (4 hours)
Professional Requirements (19.5 hours)
    • GEOG 325 Meteorological Instrumentation (3 hours)
    • GEOG 431 Dynamic Meteorology I (3 hours)
    • GEOG 432 Synoptic Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 433 Dynamic Meteorology II (3 hours)
    • GEOG 437 Mesoscale Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 438 Physical Meteorology (3 hours)
    • CS 245 Introduction Programming Languages (3 hours)
Additional Program Requirements (not included in the 50.5-hour program) (25 hours) 
    • MATH 136 Calculus I (4 hours)
    • MATH 137 Calculus II (4 hours)
    • MATH 237 Multivariable Calculus (4 hours)
    • MATH 331 Differential Equations (3 hours)
    • PHYS 255 University Physics I (4 hour)
    • PHYS 256 University Physics I Laboratory (1 hour)
    • PHYS 256 University Physics II (4 hours)
    • PHYS 266 University Physics II Laboratory (1 hour)

B.S. Geography - Land, Weather, Climate Program (36 hours, Minor Required) [Major #674]

Recommended 4 Year Degree Plan
Foundation Requirements (13 hours)
    • GEOG 100 or GEOL 102 or GEOL 111 Earth Science (3 hours)
    • GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (3 hours)
    • GEOG 121 Introduction to Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 475 or 495 Practicum or Internship (3 hours)
    • GEOG 499 Professional Development (3 hours)
Technique Requirements (10 hours)
    • GEOG 300 Research Methods (3 hours)
    • GEOG 316 Fundamentals of GIS (4 hours)
    • GEOG 391 Data Analysis (3 hours)
Thematic Requirements (7 hours)
    • GEOG 322 Global Climate Systems (4 hours)
    • GEOG 424 Weather Analysis & Forecasting (3 hours) or GEOG 426 Applied Meteorology (3 hours)
General Electives (6 hours)
    • GEOG 122 Aviation Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 222 Observational Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG or GEOL 310 Global Hydrology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 325 Meteorological Instrumentation (3 hours)
    • GEOG 328 Biogeography (3 hours)
    • GEOG 414 Remote Sensing Fundamentals (4 hours)
    • GEOG or GEOL 420 Geomorphology (4 hours)
    • GEOG 424 Weather Analysis & Forecasting (3 hours)
    • GEOG 426 Applied Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 455 Global Environmental Change (3 hours)
    • GEOG 459 Physical Hydrology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 461 Karst Environments (3 hours)
    • GEOG 471 Natural Resource Management (3 hours)
    • GEOL 311 Oceanography (3 hours)
    • GEOL 325 Rocks & Minerals (3 hours)
Additional Program Requirements (not included in the 36-hour program) (10 hours)
    • MATH 116 Algebra (3 hours)
    • MATH 183 Statistics (3 hours)
    • PHYS 201 College Physics I (4 hours)

Minor in Water Resources (22 hours) [#491 - Major Required]

Required Courses (16 hours)
    • GEOL 111 The Earth (3 hours)
    • GEOL 113 The Earth Laboratory (1 hour)
    • GEOG 121 Intro to Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOL or GEOG 310 Global Hydrology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 427 Water Resources (3 hours)
    • GEOG 474 Environmental Planning (3 hours)
Elective Courses (6 hours)
    • GEOL 415 Environmental Geology (3 hours)
    • GEOL 440 Hydrogeology (3 hours)
    • GEOL 445 Aqueous Geochemistry (3 hours)
    • GEOG 422 Climatology (4 hours)
    • GEOG 426 Applied Meteorology (3 hours)
    • GEOG 428 Applied Groundwater (3 hours)
    • GEOG 487 Environmental Law (3 hours)

*Effective for Meteorology students beginning the program in Fall 2012
Last Updated: August 29, 2012 

 Last Modified 7/23/13