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Program Structure

  • Students complete 36 semester hours which consists of 12 courses.
  • All courses are offered on the semester schedule.
  • All courses are offered online except for the final 8-10 day capstone course.
  • Students normally take two courses per semester but may elect to take only one per semester.
  • First year courses should be completed prior to attempting second year courses.
  • Students must attend the final 8-10 day capstone.
  • Students must pass the comprehensive written exam after completion of all course work.
  • Course materials such as exercises, assignments, study guides, exams, and lectures will be delivered via the Internet using MyCourses. MyCourses is a software program designed specifically for online learning.
  • Top-quality instructors teach the classes. All classes have instructors with advanced degrees who are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field.

Course Rotation

Listed below is the course schedule for the Applied Meteorology Program (AMP). The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed.

Ideal Course Sequence

YEAR ONE
FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 6303 - Principles of GIS

and

(choose one):
*GR 6923 - Severe Weather
*GR 6943 - Tropical Meteorology
GR 8833 - Weather and Society

and

Elective Options (choose one):
GR 6753 - Satellite & Radar
GR 6823 - Dynamic Meteorology I
GR 8133 - Foundations in Forecasting
GR 8143 - Advanced Forecasting Techniques
GR 6313 - Advanced GIS
GR 8613 - Hydrometeorology
GR 8453 - Quantitative Analysis in Climatology

and

Elective Options (choose one):
GR 6603 - Climatology
GR 6933 - Dynamic Meteorology II
GR 8633 - Climate Change
GG 8203 - Ocean Science

YEAR TWO
FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 8553 - Research Methods in Geoscience - Available to students only during their final fall semester.

and

Elective Options (choose one):
GR 8813 - Advanced Hazards and Disasters
GR 6333 - Remote Sensing
GG 8233 - Environmental Geoscience
Elective Options (choose two):
GR 6753 - Satellite & Radar
GR 6823 - Dynamic Meteorology I
GR 8133 - Foundations in Forecasting
GR 8143 - Advanced Forecasting Techniques
GR 6313 - Advanced GIS
GR 8613 – Hydrometeorology
GR 8573 - Research in Applied Meteorology – Available to students only during their final summer semester. Includes Capstone Workshop.

and

Elective Options (choose one):
GR 6603 - Climatology
GR 6933 - Dynamic Meteorology II
GR 8633 - Climate Change
GG 8203 - Ocean Science

* Program of study requires either GR 6923-Severe Weather OR GR 6943-Tropical Meteorology, but a student may choose to take the other course as an elective in either year.

Students may combine required courses with other courses of their choice as shown above. However, the program must include 36 credit hours (12 courses) and at 18 of these must be at the 8000-level.

A student may not repeat at the graduate level a class they took at MSU as an undergrad (e.g. GR 4603 Climatology and GR 6603 Climatology cannot both be taken from MSU).

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