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Meteorology, Minor

Saint Louis University's minor in meteorology introduces students to the approaches, tools and data used by meteorologists. The minor is a good option for students who will have direct interactions with meteorologists, including students in aviation, civil engineering, business and pre-law. Those students pursuing a career in broadcasting may also consider a minor in meteorology to gain experience in broadcast meteorology.

Meteorology is more than just the study of weather; it includes all the characteristics, structures and processes of the atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry are applied to discover what makes the atmosphere work. Mathematical equations and techniques are used to predict the weather based on present conditions. Recently, meteorology has become increasingly vital to humankind’s concerns. Ozone depletion and global warming have been identified as threats to human existence on earth. Meteorologists are on the front lines of the battle to learn more about and model these phenomena.

Though meteorology applies basic science to the atmosphere, critical to success in the program is a fascination with the atmosphere and the vast range of phenomena that it generates. Students pursuing a minor in meteorology will have direct interactions with our faculty and opportunities to engage with professional meteorologists from both the National Weather Service and the broadcasting industry.

Required Courses
EAS 1420Introduction to Atmospheric Science3
EAS 1700Weather Briefing1
EAS 2440Atmospheric Processes3
EAS 2530Climate and Climate Change3
MATH 1510Calculus I4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
Science Requirement
Select one of the following:4
PHYS 1610
PHYS 1620
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 1310
PHYS 1320
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
PHYS 1350
Aviation Physics
Minor Elective Courses
Select three of the following:9
EAS 3150
Broadcast Meteorology
EAS 3330
Atmospheric Thermodynamics
EAS 3500
Numerical Modeling Applications
EAS 3700
Mesoanalysis and Severe Storms
EAS 4030
Elements of Air Pollution
EAS 4200
Synoptic Meteorology I
GIS 4010
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Total Credits31

Continuation Standards

Students with a minor in meteorology must maintain a 2.00 GPA in their minor coursework.