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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences

Minor in Meteorology and Climatology

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Catalog Description

Weather and climate are central components of the physical environment, playing important roles in a wide range of human activities and natural processes. This minor provides an overview of the physical processes that control both past and present-day weather and climate. It will also provide an introduction to the dynamics of the atmosphere, the history of climate change throughout geological time, and allow students to study the linkages between the Earth-Atmosphere system and human development, food and water resources, and disease.

In order to satisfy the minor requirements, students must complete a minimum of 18 units of courses while maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA in this minor. Students must complete 6 hours of required coursework in Meteorology and Climatology and at least 6 credits in Advanced Topics in Meteorology and Climatology, and at least 6 credits of Electives split between human geography and applied spatial analysis. Courses not listed among electives may be acceptable if approved by the Meteorology and Climatology Coordinator.

Geography majors will not be able to count the same class for their major and their minor.

For additional information and advisement, please contact: (Email: Dr. Black / Phone: 618-650-2790) or (Email: Dr. Hu / Phone: 618-650-2281).

Requirements: at least 18 credit hours

Core Required Courses (6 credits)

  • GEOG 211  Meteorology
  • GEOG 314  Climatology


Advanced Topics in Meteorology and Climatology (at least 6 credits)*

At least two of the following:

  • GEOG 202  Natural Resource Management and Sustainability
  • GEOG 316  Introduction to Biogeography
  • GEOG 408  Snow and Ice Processes
  • GEOG 409  Weather Forecasting
  • GEOG 411  Hydrology
  • GEOG 414  Floods, Climate and the Environment
  • GEOG 427  Internship
  • GEOG 429  Storm Chasing and Assessment
  • GEOG 430  Global Climate Change
  • GEOG 452  Topics in Physical Geography*

Elective Courses (at least 6 credits)

At least one of the following:

  • GEOG 401  Geography of Development
  • GEOG 403  Advanced Urban Geography
  • GEOG 405  Geography of Food
  • GEOG 451  Topics in Human Geography**

At least one of the following:

  • GEOG 418  Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 422  Remote Sensing     
  • GEOG 424  Vector-based GIS
  • GEOG 425  Raster-based GIS
  • GEOG 454  Topics in Geographic Techniques**

*Non-geography electives may be considered.

**Subject to approval of the minor coordinator.

Exit Requirements

A grade of C or better must be achieved in all Minor coursework. Students must complete all University requirements.

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