Choosing a Minor

Students majoring in meteorology are required to also minor in Mathematics. This minor will be achieved simply by taking the courses required for the meteorology degree. Students must sign up for this Math minor with any faculty member in the Math department at some point prior to graduation.

The field of meteorology is small relative to many other disciplines, and the number of students interested in pursuing a career in meteorology is increasing. Thus, it is suggested that students pursue a minor in a related discipline to broaden his or her opportunities. Additional knowledge and skills will set the graduate apart from others. While some minors may increase the time in residence at CMU, their benefits can outweigh the costs if they increase the graduate’s chances for success in a career which they find fulfilling.  Possible minors and their utility are presented below. This list is not all-inclusive and is no particular order.

For the course requirements and descriptions for these minors, please see:

  • Mathematics
    • All Meteorology majors will also receive math minors through successfully completing the courses required for the meteorology major
  • Broadcast and Cinematic Arts
    • For those interested in becoming broadcast meteorologists on television or radio, both minor and major are offered
  • Geographic Information Sciences
    • This minor provides students with academic and technical training in cartography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing. GIS are tools that allow users to create interactive queries, analyze spatial information, edit data, create maps, and present the results of all these operations. The data analyzed can be from any discipline. This expertise is becoming more relevant within the field of meteorology, and would also provide students with marketable skills which could be used in other disciplines.
  • Environmental Studies
    • The major features concentrations in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. The minor is only in Environmental Studies. This would significantly broaden the opportunities available to the graduate.
  • Computer Science
    • Meteorologists rely very heavily on computers. This minor would particularly help students interesting in attending graduate school. There exists demand in industry right now for meteorologists who are also trained computer scientists.
  • Chemistry
    • For those particularly interested in air pollution, which has employment opportunities at all levels of government, as well as private industry.
  • Economics
    • For those interested in working for private corporations, particularly in the energy, financial, and insurance industries, which require meteorologists who have knowledge of economic markets
  • Business Administration
    • See entry for economics above. This minor may increase a student’s chance of employment in a non-meteorological field, should this be necessary.

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