Meteorology

Award: Associate of Science
Degree Code: ASMT
Number of Credits: 65

Program Description

This program option prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution for continued study in meteorology. Meteorologists work at deciphering and predicting the behavior of weather, climate change and improving models of weather prediction. The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Electives 1 3
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I [S]
General Chemistry I Lab
3
1
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
GEN ED General Education Electives 3
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics [M] 4
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
MAT 202 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry [M] 4
MAT 203 Multivariable Calculus [M] 4
MAT 246 Introduction to Differential Equations [M] 3
PHY 207 General Physics I with Lab [SL] 5
PHY 208 General Physics II with Lab [SL] 5
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Science with Lab [SL] 4
PSC 140 Introduction to Ocean Studies with Lab [SL] 4
PSC 220 Meteorology [SL] 4
SOC SCI Social Science Electives 2 [SS] 6

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (15 credits)
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
MAT 201 Calculus I with Analytic Geometry
PSC 140 Introduction to Ocean Studies with Lab
Spring I (15-16 credits)
MAT 127 Introduction to Statistics
MAT 202 Calculus II with Analytic Geometry
GEN ED General Education Elective
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
PSC 135 Introduction to Climate Science with Lab
Fall II (15 credits)
MAT 203 Multivariable Calculus
PHY 207 General Physics I with Lab
ART/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
ACT Activity Elective(s)
Spring II (16 credits)
MAT 246 Introduction to Differential Equations
PHY 208 General Physics II with Lab
PSC 220 Meteorology
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
ACT Activity Elective

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of the fields included in the physical sciences
  • Understand the physical environment and its relationships with human activities
  • Apply chemical, mathematical, and physical principles to the study of climate, oceans and meteorology
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific method, data collection and analysis, use of laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications, statistical and modeling techniques
  • Apply principles and theories of math, physics, chemistry and environmental studies to the study of meteorology
  • Integrate concepts of local and global climate as well as ocean studies to their relationship with weather phenomena
  • Utilize critical thinking to identify, collect and analyze data
  • Perform calculations, tests and techniques involved in the conduction of meteorological research
  • Use basic field and laboratory instrumentation
  • Communicate scientific information in a written and/or verbal format

Career Opportunities

Government agencies, military, education, broadcasting, consulting, NOAA, NASA, atmospheric research.

 

1 Selection may not include EGL designation.
2 Courses must be from two different disciplines.

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