Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences: Meteorology Specialization, BS

Contact Information

Dr. Adam J. French
Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program
McLaury 210C
(605) 394-1649
E-mail: Adam.French@sdsmt.edu

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Students are responsible for checking with their advisors for any program modifications that may occur after the publication of this catalog.

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Freshman Year

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total: 17

Total: 15

Junior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 12

Senior Year

First Semester

Total: 15

Second Semester

Total: 15

Total credits: 120


1 Fulfills General Education requirement. Students should consult the “General Education Requirements ” section of this catalog for a complete listing of all general education requirements.

2 May also use a sequence of PHYS 211/211L  and PHYS 213/213L .

Select 12 credits from the list below.

Three-credit version required for major.

Program Approved Electives:

Select 12 credits from the list below to fulfill the Program Approved Electives requirement:

Objectives and Outcomes

Student Outcomes:

  1. demonstrate mastery of the fundamental principles of the governing components of the earth system, and how they interact across spatial and temporal scales;
  2. apply diagnostic, prognostic, and technological tools (e.g., python, numerical weather prediction, analytical chemistry equipment, GIS) to evaluate earth system processes across spatial and temporal scales;
  3. apply critical and analytical thinking to solve relevant scientific problems, through creating and testing well-developed hypotheses to draw conclusions, across atmospheric and environmental sciences;
  4. effectively communicate scientific information in oral and written form at an appropriate level for their audience, including peer scientists, policy makers, and the general public;
  5. understand and utilize the principles of proper ethical behavior within the earth system sciences regarding professional conduct and be aware of the scientific limits of prediction;
  6. create, synthesize, or apply knowledge within the earth system sciences and its intersection with other disciplines, for example, through a capstone experience, and
  7. function effectively both individually and on teams to establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.
    In Addition: The Meteorology Specialization for the Atmospheric Sciences Batchelor of Science Degree satisfies with the Federal Government’s Office of Personal Management GS-1340 Meteorology Series.