Meteorology Program

Description:  The meteorology program is housed in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) department and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology, as well as a meteorology minor.  The meteorology major has a required math minor.  The meteorology major is unique in Colorado; MSU Denver is a full member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and the Bachelor of Science degree conforms to the American Meteorological Society (ametsoc.org) and National Weather Service recommendations for an undergraduate meteorology degree.  The MSU Denver Meteorology Computer Laboratory provides access to real-time weather data and analysis software supported by the UNIDATA Program. Our students have their own Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (SCAMS) where they go on field trips, invite guest speakers to meetings, and go to national conferences together.  Our graduates have careers as broadcast meteorologists, operational meteorologists, meteorological researchers, climate researchers, storm chasers and spotters, builders of meteorological instruments, and have received support to attend numerous graduate schools.  Our meteorology faculty members have a variety of meteorological and climatological expertise and are active in their respective fields.  Recently, two of our faculty members have been offering a fun summer field course that involves observing severe weather. 

 

Advising:  Please contact a meteorology professor as soon as you find yourself interested in the major or minor in order to get advising and set up the most efficient and personalized plan to complete your degree successfully, as well as put you in touch with the SCAMS club through their Facebook page.  Because some of our upper level courses are only offered occasionally, it is extremely important to meet with a professor to map out your course plan. 

 

Meteorology Major: 2013-14 catalog (PDF 121 KB)

Meteorology Minor: 2013-14 catalog (PDF 113 KB)

 

Meteorology Professors/Advisors:

Dr. Sam Ng:  sng1@msudenver.edu

Dr. Rich Wagner:  wagnerri@msudenver.edu

Dr. Keah Schuenemann:  kschuene@msudenver.edu

 

Explanation of MTR 2020 and MTR 2400:

Catalog years before 2013 list MTR 2400 (4 credits) as a requirement and a prerequisite for many major courses.  Starting in Fall 2013, we simply divided this 4 credit course into two courses, a lecture course MTR 1400 (3 credits) and a lab course MTR 2020 (1 credit).  MTR 2400 is interchangeable with MTR 1400 + MTR 2020.  We highly recommend any incoming potential majors or minors take MTR 1400 and MTR 2020 at the same time.  The confusion comes in when a student may technically be on the 2012 catalog year, but perhaps just found an interest in meteorology in 2013.  Under the 2012 catalog, MTR 2400 is listed as being the required course for the major or minor or prerequisites, but MTR 2400 simply doesn’t exist anymore, so MTR 1400 + MTR 2020 must be substituted.  Please refer any remaining questions on this to one of the professors listed above!