Certificate Program in Meteorology

Certificate Program in Meteorology

A background in mathematics, physics and chemistry is required to understand the complex and varied processes that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere. These phenomena extend down to the molecular scale, where one considers the interaction of photons with a variety of molecules in processes that lead to heating of the atmosphere, and extend upward in scale to the global propagation of weather systems that produce the precipitation necessary to sustain life on the planet.

The idea behind the Certificate in Meteorology Program is to provide a one year (Fall/Winter) specialist education in atmospheric processes to those students who have already completed a university degree physical science or applied mathematics, thereby preparing them for careers in atmospheric science. Graduates may pursue a broad range of careers in weather forecasting, climate and environmental science and scientific research in government, environmental consulting firms and industry.

Students entering the certificate program from other universities will normally have completed 54 credits with a C+ GPA in areas of physical science and mathematics acceptable in content and level to the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering. Required undergraduate courses include: first year Differential and Integral Calculus, first year Linear Algebra, first year Physics, second year Vector Calculus and Differential Equations. Students without this background may be asked to complete these courses in a qualifying program before being admitted to the Certificate of Meteorology. Second year Physics (Electricity and Magnetism) and a course in Statistics are also recommended as appropriate preparatory courses. Students enrolled in Earth and Atmospheric Science (ESSE) at York University may receive the certificate while concurrently completing their BSc provided they complete the program requirements.

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