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Meteorology, B.S.

Meteorology is more than just the study of weather; it includes all the atmosphere's characteristics, structures, and processes. 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.

Program Highlights 

  • SLU's Bachelor of Science in Meteorology program emphasizes professional recognition, admission to graduate schools and employment with the National Weather Service.
  • The American Meteorological Society readily accepts B.S. degree holders as members.
  • SLU research centers include the Cooperative Institute for Precipitation Systems, the Global Geodynamics Program and the Center for Environmental Sciences and Quantum Weather™.

Curriculum Overview

The meteorology curriculum at Saint Louis University emphasizes both theory and practical application in fundamental and innovative aspects of the atmospheric sciences. Since class sizes are relatively small, students develop effective relationships with their instructors. This personalized instruction stimulates students' academic interest and professional dedication, which is further strengthened by SLU's Jesuit tradition of education.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Students in the meteorology program at Saint Louis University can take advantage of the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, which is located near the University and regularly accepts SLU students for internships. Classes often take field trips to the office to experience NWS operations. There are four commercial TV stations in the St. Louis area that regularly feature weather reports and with whom internships are available. Students can earn six credits through an internship.

Careers

A Bachelor of Science in Meteorology can prepare you to become an atmospheric scientist, climatologist or weather forecaster. It is also excellent preparation for graduate school. 

Admission Requirements

Begin Your Application

Saint Louis University also accepts the Common Application.

Freshman

All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory coursework is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.

To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, applicants must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. 

Transfer

Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED.

Students who have attempted fewer than 24 semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must follow the above freshmen admission requirements. Students who have completed 24 or more semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit must submit transcripts from all previously attended college(s).

In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the Office of Admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University. Where applicable, transfer students will be evaluated on any courses outlined in the continuation standards of their preferred major.

International Applicants

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:

  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, service, leadership and financial need.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is provided in the form of grants and loans, some of which require repayment.

For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

  1. Graduates will know the founding principles in their field of study as well as the facts and content appropriate to the field.
  2. Graduates will be able to use their knowledge to reason about issues in their discipline.
  3. Graduates will be able to solve quantitative problems in their discipline.

Meteorology students must complete a minimum total of 83 credits for the major.

University Undergraduate Core32-35
Major Requirements
EAS 1420
EAS 1425
Introduction to Atmospheric Science
and Introduction to Atmospheric Science Lab
4
EAS 1450
EAS 1455
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab *
4
Or
EAS 1430
EAS 1435
Introduction to the Solid Earth
and Introduction to the Solid Earth Lab
EAS 1700Weather Briefing1
EAS 2440Atmospheric Processes3
EAS 2530Climate and Climate Change3
EAS 2800Radar Meteorology3
EAS 2820Satellite Remote Sensing3
EAS 3330Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
EAS 3340Physical Meteorology3
EAS 4200Synoptic Meteorology I3
EAS 4220Synoptic Meteorology II3
EAS 4440Principles of Dynamic Meteorology I3
EAS 4450Principles of Dynamic Meteorology II3
EAS 4880Senior Inquiry Research Project3
PHYS 1610
PHYS 1620
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS 1630
PHYS 1640
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
4
MATH 1510Calculus I4
MATH 1520Calculus II4
MATH 2530Calculus III4
MATH 3550Differential Equations3
EAS 3500Numerical Modeling Applications3
or CSCI 1060 Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming
CHEM 1110General Chemistry 13
GIS 4010Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
Major Elective Courses
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following:6
EAS 1450
EAS 1455
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab *
EAS 1430
EAS 1435
Introduction to the Solid Earth
and Introduction to the Solid Earth Lab *
EAS 2450
Communicating in Science
EAS 3150
Broadcast Meteorology
EAS 3500
Numerical Modeling Applications *
EAS 3700
Mesoanalysis and Severe Storms
EAS 3780
COMET Modules
EAS 4030
Elements of Air Pollution
EAS 4470
Elementary Tropical Meteorology
EAS 4910
Internship
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the following:3
EMGT 1500
Fundamentals of Emergency Management
ASCI 1510
The Air Transportation System
CSCI 1300
Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
PHYS 2610
Modern Physics
PHYS 3110
Classical Mechanics
MATH 1300
Elementary Statistics with Computers
or STAT 1300
Elementary Statistics with Computers
MATH 1660
Discrete Mathematics
MATH 3110
Linear Algebra for Engineers
MATH 3120
Introduction to Linear Algebra
MATH 3240
Numerical Analysis
MATH 3270
Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
MATH 4310
Introduction to Complex Variables
MATH 4550
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
MATH 4570
Partial Differential Equations
STAT 3850
Foundation of Statistics
General Electives2-5
Total Credits120
*

Cannot count for both a required course and an elective.

Continuation Standards

Students must have a minimum of a 2.00 GPA in their major courses (EAS) and required related credits (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Physics, etc.) by the conclusion of their freshman year. Students that fall below a 2.00 GPA will be placed on probation. If a student fails to obtain at least a 2.0 GPA in their major courses and required related credits by the conclusion of their sophomore year they will not be allowed to continue in the program.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credits (excluding pre-college level courses numbered below 1000).
  • Complete the University Undergraduate Core curriculum requirements.
  • Complete major requirements: minimum 30 credits required.
  • Complete remaining credits with a second major, minor, certificate and/or electives to reach the minimum of 120 credits required for graduation.
  • Achieve at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average, a 2.00 grade point average in the major(s) and a 2.00 grade point average in the minor/certificate, or related elective credits.
  • Complete department-/program-specific academic and performance requirements.
  • Complete at least 50% of the coursework for the major and 75% for the minor/certificate through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete 30 of the final 36 credits through Saint Louis University or an approved study abroad program.
  • Complete an online degree application by the required University deadline.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
EAS 1420
EAS 1425
Introduction to Atmospheric Science
and Introduction to Atmospheric Science Lab
4
MATH 1400 Pre-Calculus 3
University Core and/or General Electives 4
 Credits11
Spring
EAS 1700 Weather Briefing 1
EAS 1430
EAS 1435
Introduction to the Solid Earth
and Introduction to the Solid Earth Lab
4
Or  
EAS 1450
EAS 1455
Introduction to Oceanography
and Intro to Oceanography Lab
 
MATH 1510 Calculus I 4
CHEM 1110 General Chemistry 1 3
University Core and/or General Electives 3
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
EAS 2440 Atmospheric Processes 3
EAS 2530 Climate and Climate Change 3
MATH 1520 Calculus II 4
PHYS 1610
PHYS 1620
University Physics I
and University Physics I Laboratory
4
University Core and/or General Electives 3
 Credits17
Spring
EAS 2800 Radar Meteorology 3
EAS 3330 Atmospheric Thermodynamics 3
MATH 2530 Calculus III 4
PHYS 1630
PHYS 1640
University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
4
CSCI 1060 Introduction to Computer Science: Scientific Programming 3
 Credits17
Year Three
Fall
EAS 3340 Physical Meteorology 3
EAS 4200 Synoptic Meteorology I 3
MATH 3550 Differential Equations 3
Meteorology Elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 3
 Credits15
Spring
EAS 2820 Satellite Remote Sensing 3
EAS 4440 Principles of Dynamic Meteorology I 3
Meteorology Elective 3
Math Elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 3
 Credits15
Year Four
Fall
EAS 4440 Principles of Dynamic Meteorology I 3
Meteorology elective 3
Meteorology elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 6
 Credits15
Spring
EAS 4450 Principles of Dynamic Meteorology II 3
EAS 4880 Senior Inquiry Research Project 3
Meteorology elective 3
University Core and/or General Electives 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits120