Applied Meteorology, Hazards, and Global Change

Meteorology is the study of the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of the earth's atmosphere and its interaction with the land surface and oceans. It is the underlying science of weather, climate, weather forecasting, climate projection, and their applications to decision-making activities. Fundamental topics include the composition, structure, and forces that govern the motion of the atmosphere. 

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Geography Department offers a range of topics in contemporary geography and geospatial science, rich and lively cultural and learning environments, BA and BS undergraduate degrees, MA, M.S., and PhD degrees, as well as the largest Medical Geography program in the United States.


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A major in Meteorology enables students to know the composition, structure, and motion of the Earth’s atmosphere as governed by laws of physics, energy, and chemistry, and to understand its relationship with Earth and human systems. Students will learn how observations, data collection, and prediction are applied in the subfields of meteorology. Computer-based lab assignments teach students how to analyze meteorological information using diagnostic, prognostic, and technological tools and to apply data to solve problems. They will be able to interpret and effectively communicate information using maps, graphs, and/or statistics.

The specializations prepare students for a range of careers. Meteorologists continue to engage in creating weather forecasts and climate projections, communicating those forecasts and projections, and conducting research. Increasingly, a number of private sector industries are looking to meteorologists to improve or create new products and services.

BS Meteorology | Applied Meteorology, Hazards, and Global Change

This specialization prepares students to pursue careers in the private or nonprofit sectors, applying meteorological knowledge to a range of fields including agriculture, business, climate change consulting, commodities, economics, energy, engineering, entrepreneurship, forensic meteorology, insurance, policy, shipping, etc. Given the wide range of sectors, this specialization is very flexible to provide room for students to take a number of classes in their field of interest in preparation for their career.


The Meteorology major has three different specializations: BS | Meteorology, Applied Meteorology, Hazards, and Global Change; BS Meteorology | General Atmospheric Sciences; and BS | Meteorology, Broadcast Meteorology.

Students in all specializations must complete the following Meteorology Core courses:

Meteorology Core Courses

GEO 3250Climatology3
MET 1010Introduction to Weather and Climate3
MET 3503Weather and Forecasting3
MET 4230Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere3
MET 4410Radar and Satellite Meteorology3
MET 4500CSynoptic Meteorology4
MET 4524Weather Briefing1
MET 4950Capstone in Meteorology1
Total Credits21


The BS | Meteorology, Applied Meteorology, Hazards, and Global Change specialization requires 36-38 credits of coursework in the major plus 19 credits of related coursework. Students should consult the Department of Geography’s undergraduate coordinator for information and guidance on curriculum planning upper division courses outside the major.

In addition to the 21 credit hours of required Core Meteorology courses:

Select one Atmospheric Science Elective course: 3
Atmospheric Teleconnections
Spatial Analysis of Atmospheric Data using GIS
Select two Societal Applications courses: 6-7
Economics of Resource Use
Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future
Economics of Sustainability
Natural Hazards Geography
Sea Level Science
Principles of Geographic Hydrology
Managing for a Changing Climate
Extreme Floods
Extreme Droughts
Weather, Climate, and Society
Communicating Science in the Geosciences
Water, Risk, and Extreme Events
Climate Change and Health
Oceans and Global Climate Change
Science Journalism
Earth System Analysis
Select two Programming courses: 6-7
Introduction to Python for Physical Sciences
Computer Programming Using C
Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
GIS Programming
Geocomputation using R Programming
GIS Analysis of Hazard Vulnerability
Pragmatic Python for Weather
Programming With Data in R
Total Credits15-17

Total Credits 

Meteorology Core Courses21
Total Credits36-38

Related Coursework

CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus 14
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus 24
PHY 2048
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
STA 2023Introduction to Statistics 13
Total Credits19

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 3

  • Complete one Meteorology Core course and one MAC course.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

Semester 5

  • Complete one additional Meteorology Core course.
  • 2.5 critical-tracking GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 6

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all of the remaining MET 3000/4000 courses.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the Writing, Civic Literacy, summer enrollment, and Quest requirements while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the General Education International and Diversity requirements concurrently with another General Education requirement (typically, Composition, Humanities, or Social and Behavioral Sciences) as part of the CLAS Basic Distribution requirements. One of the two General Education Mathematics courses must be a pure math course.

Up to 3 hours of approved Meteorology electives that are not MET, GEO, or GIS courses may also count towards the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed on the Critical Tracking tab.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
MET 1010 Introduction to Weather and Climate (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 3
CHM 2045
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences) 1
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Semester Two
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
GEO 3250 Climatology (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
MAC 2312 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
PHY 2048
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking)
Semester Three
MET 3503 Weather and Forecasting 3
Gen Ed Biological Science 2 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 2 3
Foreign language 5
Programming course 3
Semester Four
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Foreign language 5
Programming course 3
Atmospheric Science Elective 3
Semester Five
MET 4410 Radar and Satellite Meteorology 3
MET 4500C Synoptic Meteorology 4
Gen Ed Composition: Writing requirement 3
Societal Applications course 3
Elective (3000-level or above, not in major) 3
Semester Six
Internship or MET4911 (Recommended) 1
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Societal Applications course 3
Electives (3000-level or above, not in major) 6
Semester Seven
MET 4230 Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere 3
MET 4524 Weather Briefing 1
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Atmospheric Science elective 3
Societal Applications course 3
Elective (3000-level or above, not in major) 3
Semester Eight
MET 4950 Capstone in Meteorology (Critical Tracking) 1
Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Societal Applications course 3
Elective (3000-level or above, not in major) 3
 Total Credits120

Natural science laboratory: A one-credit science lab with a minimum grade of C is required. Students can elect a laboratory course that is approved for the general education physical or biological sciences requirement or any psychology laboratory. (Most laboratory courses cannot be taken without prerequisite or corequisite courses.)


One General Education option taken this term must be a Quest 2 course.