Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Looking to continue your studies remotely in a friendly and welcoming environment? Have some extra time on your hands and want to learn something new? Looking for that classroom feel while learning remotely, or maybe you need a class that fits your schedule? Look at the offerings from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with its mix of in-person-like synchronous courses as well as asynchronous courses to fit your schedule. Explore topics covering weather, climate change, geography/GIS, geology, environmental science and more!
What is a synchronous course? These are listed as SYNCH in the schedule. Synchronous courses are taught online, usually through video conferencing like above, and meet during the time on the schedule. These courses might be a good choice for students who need something on their calendar to keep them engaged in learning. Students will be able to interact live with the professor and other students in the course.
What is an asynchronous course? These are listed as ASYNCH in the schedule. These courses do not regularly meet at a given time, so students are able to work on the course materials on their own time within predetermined time frames. This might be a good choice for students who are good at learning independently or have an unreliable work schedule that might keep them from meeting regularly in a synchronous course, for example.
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The Meteorology program is housed in the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver located on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver. Our program offers a meteorology major and minor. The program is unique in Colorado in that it fulfills all the U.S. federal government civil service requirements for classification as a meteorologist and the American Meteorological Society‘s recommendations for undergraduate meteorology programs.
Read "Talk about the Weather," an article in MSU Denver RED on our Broadcast Meteorology Alumni.
"At MSU Denver, the Meteorology program sparked my interest for the statistics of weather, climatology, and how the modern change in climate will impact Earth and its inhabitants. The Meteorology professors guided me to graduate school where I completed a M.S. and Ph.D. program at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. I enjoyed my time at MSU Denver so much that I invited Dr. Keah Schuenemann to be part of my graduate committee where she continues to help me grow as a climate scientist." Dr. Auger is now working on a post-doc in Brazil.
"The meteorology program at MSU Denver helped me further explore and develop my passion for atmospheric science. The faculty in the program genuinely care about the well-being and success of their students. The classes that I took in the meteorology department helped me apply my theoretical knowledge to become a better forecaster. Through job listings within the department, I was able to land a job at MeteoStar, where I worked for two years before moving to Norman, Oklahoma to work towards my Masters and PhD in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma."
PhD Candidate, University of Oklahoma
Why MSU Denver?
The Meteorology program delivers the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our meteorology community.
MSU Denver is a full member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and our students have the advantage of the following opportunities:
- Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse downtown campus.
- Benefit from small classes and individual interaction with faculty.
- Learn from a professional, diverse faculty with real-world experience.
- Access real-time weather data and analysis software in our laboratories.
- Intern with various organizations, and jump-start a successful career.
- Join our active student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
The Meteorology program is located in the newly renovated Science building on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, just a bus or light rail ride to the surrounding suburbs and towns. The MSU Denver Meteorology Computer Laboratory is a state-of-the-art computer lab with a giant 11-monitor weather wall that displays the current weather and forecasts using the same software as the National Weather Service (AWIPS II). Each student computer station has a dual-monitor system for the viewing of multiple layers and variables at one time.
Located on Colorado’s high plains, the MSU Denver campus offers you the opportunity to observe the state’s extreme weather patterns first-hand. From severe weather to heavy snowfalls and blizzards to Chinook wind events, the Front Range is a fascinating place to study the weather and climate. We are also located in close proximity to some of the largest concentrations of atmospheric scientists in the world at national labs such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). This gives you the opportunity to begin working with world-renowned professionals through internships, part-time jobs and summer experiences. This also means our part-time faculty are drawn from this community
Mission and Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the meteorology program is to provide students with an understanding of the chaotic atmosphere. Meteorology is an applied science that combines the fields of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science into an application of understanding the atmosphere. The program exposes students to all of these disciplines, while in parallel applying these hard science concepts to mesoscale, synoptic, and global scale phenomena. Students will be prepared for careers in a wide range of atmospheric science vocations, as well as further studies in graduate school. Students will be prepared to communicate forecasts verbally and in written form using their own imagery, explain the reasoning for the forecast as well as the uncertainty and the reasons for uncertainty involved to a wide range of audiences.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Describe the general characteristics of the atmosphere, including physical processes and weather systems.
- Select and interpret appropriate weather and climate data, including in-situ and remotely sensed information, for different situations.
- Synthesize multiple types of weather and climate data to formulate short, medium, and long-range weather forecasts.
- Organize, analyze, and prepare written scientific reports.
- Create and deliver scientific presentations using multimedia techniques.
- Apply mathematical and statistical techniques to the analysis and interpretation of atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamics, and radiation processes.
- Apply scientific computing skills using appropriate software and structured programming.