Are you currently a meteorology major?In order to keep you on track and help you graduate most efficiently, I always recommend dropping in to see one of the meteorology advisors (Dr. Wagner, Dr. Ng, or I) once a semester. We usually see most students as they are planning to make their schedules for the next semester, so it is a busy time and we always appreciate students that plan ahead! We should make sure you know which courses to take the following semester, but also have a plan written up for the remaining semesters until you graduate. I find students are a little more motivated when they know their graduation date! Us advisors are also here for you to brainstorm internship opportunities, summer jobs, and jobs for after graduation. If we think you are a good student, we are also usually willing to write you a letter of recommendation if you give us enough time to do so. We try to divide the students up evenly with Dr. Ng taking people with last names starting with A-F, I take G-O, and Dr. Wagner takes P-Z, but these are just recommendations, you are welcome to visit with any advisor or multiple advisors.
Check out my jobs/careers tab above and if you don't take Senior Research Seminar from me, you might be missing out on an extremely useful book, which is available for a small amount of money through the AMS if you are a student member, which you should be:
Thinking about becoming a meteorology major?The moment you are even considering becoming a meteorology major or minor, you should email me so we can set up an appointment to chat. (Or check out my schedule tab above.)
What to expect during an initial advising appointment, should you chose to become part of our meteorology family:
1. Declare your major by filling out a form
2. Review your CAPP report to see which meteorology requirements have already been fulfilled (Note that it is very helpful to know which math course you can start with, which sometimes involves checking in with the math department because sometimes a placement test can help you out: http://mcs.msudenver.edu/general-studies-mathematics/general-studies-mathematics-prerequisites/review-sessions-for-math-placement )
3. Come up with a plan on which courses to take for the next semester
4. Answer any questions you might have
5. Work out a graduation plan, laying out which courses you should take until you graduate. The sequencing of courses is really important because of all of the prerequisites that exist for some of our courses, and the fact that we do not offer every course every semester, or even every year. Check out the handouts outside of Science 2003 for sample plans.
6. Connect you with our SCAMS Facebook page where you can find professors and students sharing fun weather information and job opportunities
7. Get a brief tour of the meteorology facilities
Please follow this link to get to our most recent advising sheets for majors and minors.
Meteorology ProgramDescription: 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.
Dr. Sam Ng: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Rich Wagner: email@example.com
Dr. Keah Schuenemann: firstname.lastname@example.org