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Program Structure

The 17 course, 53 credit hour program leads to a Certificate in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology.

  • Provides the education needed for the NWA Seal of Approval.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each course.
  • New students must begin the program in the fall semester.
  • All courses are offered on the semester system.
  • Instructors have advanced degrees and are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field.
  • 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.

Course Rotation

Listed below is the course schedule for the BMP/OMP Certificate Program. The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed.

BMP/OMP FIRST YEAR

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 1123- Intro World Geography GR 1604- Weather and Climate GR 4643- Physical Climatology
GR 1114- Physical Geography GR 4813- Natural Hazards

BMP/OMP SECOND YEAR

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 4633- Statistical Climatology GG 3613- Water Resources GR 4613- Applied Climatology
GR 4713- Synoptic Meteorology I* GR 4753/6753- Satellite & Radar
Meteorology
GR 4473- Numerical Weather
Prediction

BMP/OMP THIRD YEAR

FALL SPRING SUMMER
GR 4623- Physical Meteorology GR 4443- Weather Prediction I GR 4453- Weather Prediction II
GR 4913- Thermodynamic
Meteorology*
GR 4923- Severe Weather* GG 3603- Intro to Oceanography

*Students seeking AMS, NWS, and/or WMO requirements should make the following adjustments to their program of study to include calculus-based courses:

  • Take GR 4733 Synoptic Meteorology instead of GR 4713 Synoptic Meteorology I
  • Take GR 4823 Dynamic Meteorology instead of GR 4913 Thermodynamic Meteorology
  • Take GR 4963 Mesoscale Meteorology instead of GR 4923 Severe Weather

Additional courses are required to meet AMS, NWS, and/or WMO requirements: Dynamic Meteorology II, Calculus I-III, Differential Equations, 2-Calculus based Physics w/labs, and a Chemistry appropriate for science majors. Of these additional courses, MSU only offers Dynamics II online. Contact the advisor with any questions you may have.

ANY SEMESTER/ANY YEAR

GR 4640-Meteorological Internship is not required for the degree or certificate. For more information read Internship Guidelines.

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