Carthage offers students the opportunity to minor in climatology and meteorology through the Department of Geospatial Science and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This minor is directed toward students who are interested in studying climate change and global warming issues, or pursuing atmospheric scholarship and research.
Climatologists and meteorologists are atmospheric scientists. They study the atmosphere’s physical characteristics, motions and processes, and how these factors affect the environment. Their research is important for weather forecasting; weather analysis; air pollution control; climate trend analysis and research of such phenomena as droughts, global warming and ozone depletion; agriculture and farming; defense; and air and sea transportation.
There are many opportunities within the field of climatology and meteorology. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 37 percent of atmospheric scientists work for the federal government, most in the National Weather Service.
Minor in Climatology and Meteorology
The Climatology and Meteorology Minor at Carthage focuses specifically on the atmospheric contributions that the disciplines of geospatial science and physics provide. There are prerequisites to some of the courses for this minor. Students should consult their advisors and seek guidance from the Departments of Geospatial Science and Physics.
For a climatology and meteorology minor, students will complete 24 credits, comprising the following list of courses.
GEO 1600 Earth Revealed (4 cr.)
GEO 2550 Meteorology (4 cr.)
GEO 3700 Climatology (4 cr.)
PHY 2200 General Physics I (4 cr.)
Choose one of:
PHY 3300 Thermodynamics (4 cr.)
PHY 3200 Mechanics (4 cr.)
Choose one of:
PHY/GEO 4150 Science of Global Climate Change (4 cr.)