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How do I get a meteorology university degree - - some people ask this, as well as "where can I study meteorology?"  Here's where I got mine.

The information here represents a typical meteorology program program of study.  It's important to keep in mind that no two curricula are the same, but here are the basics to get your career started.

The University of Alberta, where I got my meteorology degree, now offers the following courses.  The institution is located in Edmonton, Alberta.  The majority of the titles and syllabuses have changed since I was there.  This is just to give you an idea of what this kind of curriculum looks like.  

It is imperative that you achieve good grades as soon as possible.  Matriculation Grade 12 English, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics are required to get into any science program at the U of A.  And one of these options:

  • Biology
  • Advanced Math, usually Calculus
  • Social Studies
  • Other Language
  • Fine Arts Subject (Art; Drama; Music)
  • Physical Geography
  • Other

Science definition

Science is the systematic process of observing, exploring, and experimenting to understand the world.  Human civilization advances through continuous discovery and understanding.  New technologies and complex problems are solved with science.

Science is about observing and experimenting with the natural world.  It involves making hypotheses, doing experiments, and analyzing data to draw conclusions Science is the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.  It's possible to use the scientific method to study how temperature affects gas behavior, for instance.

Alternatively, some people think science is just a way to understand the natural world, without necessarily involving experiments.  It sounds more like pure philosophy.  They say science is more about observation and formulating theories about how things work, and experimentation is just one tool.

Philosophy studies existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.  With its critical, generally systematic approach and reliance on rational arguments, it's different from other approaches.  As is mathematics, it's a valuable contributor to science.  They're all partners, really

Math is the study of numbers, shapes, and patterns.  The development of logic has involved abstraction and mathematical reasoning.  Science, engineering, and economics all use math.

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For your meteorology university degree, you will need to take certain college courses

This is where my classes and the meteorology university degree offices were:

They've since moved to this newer building.

Here are some brief technical descriptions of my meteorological program's core topics.

Environmental Physics I - Fundamental calculations such as concentrations, balances, lapse rates, exponential growth and decay. Also conduction, convection and radiation.

Introduction to Environmental Earth Science – Weather and climate. Atmospheric and ecological processes, hydrological cycle. Stuff in the Air issues such as storms and pollution. Many of these concepts are given with a Canadian perspective.

Violent Weather – All the fun stuff. Mesoscale meteorology. Tornadoes, hurricanes, hail and lightning. They are examined from both a scientific and safety viewpoint. Expect to find meteorology of storms tests and exercises.

Introduction to Computational Techniques in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences – Software and techniques. How math relates to meteorology. Spatial problems and computing experience.

The AtmosphereComposition, temperature, air masses and weather maps.

Environmental Instrumentation – Lab course with a field trip. Electronics and instrument calibration and use. Data sampling theory.

Applied Atmospheric Physics – An analytical look at temperature, pressure, humidity, evaporation, condensation, dew, freezing, ice, frost, convection, clouds, rain, hail, rainbows, solar and terrestrial radiation. The importance of thermodynamics in meteorology.

Atmospheric Fluid DynamicsHow fluids flow around a rotating planet. Large scale meteorological concepts such as vorticity, jet streams, the atmospheric boundary layer, upper level waves and stability. One of the fundamentals for your meteorology degree.

Weather Analysis and Forecasting – What is synoptic meteorology? Weather maps and charts. Weather systems as well.

The Climate System – Radiation, the hydrological cycle, atmosphere-ocean interactions, climate history, change and feedback. Even some climate modeling.

Clouds and StormsCloud physics, droplets and precipitation, radar, and convection.

Atmospheric Modelling – General circulation models, numerical weather prediction, other models and various methods. The power of the computer in forecasting.

Advanced Climatology – Climate models and recent developments in climatology. Scientific land and air transactions.

The Atmospheric Boundary Layer – Turbulence and diffusion. Dimensional analysis and scales of motion. Similarity theories, disturbed windflows and plume dispersion modeling.

Advanced Clouds and Storms – Cloud physics. Ice formation, precipitation processes, weather modification, numerical cloud models and precipitation forecasting.

Climates and Ecosystems – Terrestrial environments in various climatic zones. Anthropogenic influences and effects on agriculture.

Meteorology Speciality

At this institution, you can get a Diploma in Meteorology if you already have a science degree.  You'd be able to apply for the federal operational meteorology internship program with it.  This choice isn't available at all meteorology schools.

After one more year of study, it adds a meteorology major to an existing degree.  You could say it converts a general B.Sc. into a meteorology university degree.

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