Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences Education


All credits were earned through the following:
  1. Traditional college courses (resident and distance learning)
  2. ACE approved transcripts for testing and technical education (resident and distance learning)
  3. Applied (hands-on) meteorology in the field or projects involving:
    1. Surface and upper air observations (balloons and meteorological rockets/rocketsondes)
    2. Middle and upper atmosphere/aeronomy research and analysis
    3. Meteorological support for research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E)
    4. Weather forecasting and other meteorological research
    5. Integrated cooperative (co-op) learning.

“Applied Meteorology” involves extensive coursework in meteorology, physics, chemistry, and mathematics as well as direct experience in applying basic concepts to real world situations. Rapid technological changes emphasize the importance of Basic and Applied Research and its contribution to the success of our military forces. DOD Applied Meteorologists apply weather and climate information and other atmospheric research to the unique problems facing the military.

Advanced integrated research-based “Atmospheric Sciences” involves integrating advanced meteorology and atmospheric science coursework and hands-on experience with geophysical research while supporting and participating in research studies of the middle and upper atmosphere.


Various DOD meteorological work assignments allowed me to gain a great amount of experience and knowledge as they were often associated with many colleges and universities not only in the local area but many were also contracted by DOD for further education, assistance in DOD research, and some were even doing their own research sponsored by government grants.

Courses taken include advanced mathematics (differential, integral, and multivariate calculus, applied mathematics and differential equations with linear and nonlinear analysis, analytical geometry, trigonometry, and probability and statistics for applied sciences), chemistry/atmospheric chemistry, physics/atmospheric physics, thermodynamics, cloud physics, atmospheric optics, atmospheric dynamics, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric electricity, atmospheric measurements, physical meteorology, fluid mechanics, geophysics, synoptic meteorology I/applied weather and forecasting lab, synoptic meteorology II/advanced applied weather analysis and forecasting lab, middle and upper atmosphere meteorology, dynamic meteorology, applied meteorology and climatology, applied environmental climatology, applied synoptic climatology, applied environmental and operational forecasting, mesoscale meteorology/severe weather forecasting, tropical meteorology, paleoclimatology, glacial/ice dynamics, micrometeorology/atmospheric boundary layer, atmospheric and ocean circulations, meteorological observation and instrumentation, surface and upper air observation and analysis, weather radars, applied meteorology for aviation including pilot and command weather briefings.


Applied Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences

  MET Introduction to Meteorology (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET General Meteorology (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Surface and Upper Air Observation and Analysis (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Applied Environmental Climatology (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Atmospheric and Oceanic Circulations (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits 
•  MET Atmospheric Physics and Thermodynamics (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits  
•  MET Physical Meteorology (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits 
•  MET Applied Meteorology for Aviation (3 SH) Correspondence Course Transfer Credits
•  MET Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation (4 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Atmospheric Dynamics I (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits 
•  MET Atmospheric Dynamics II (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Synoptic Meteorology I/Applied Weather Analysis and Forecasting (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Synoptic Meteorology II/Applied Weather Analysis and Forecasting (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Applied Environmental and Operational Weather Forecasting (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Mesoscale Meteorology and Severe Weather Forecasting (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET Applied Synoptic Climatology (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MET/GEOS Fundamentals of Glacier and Ice-Sheet Dynamics (3 SH) 
•  MET/ATMOS Tropical Meteorology: Climatology and Weather Analysis in the Tropics (3 SH) 
  MET/ATMOS Atmospheric Boundary Layer (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  ATMOS Atmospheric Radiation (3 SH) Co-op Education Credits
  ATMOS Atmospheric Dynamics (3 SH) Co-op Education Credits
•  ATMOS Atmospheric Chemistry (3 SH) Co-op Education Credits
•  ATMOS Atmospheric Measurements (3 SH) Co-op Education Credits 
  ATMOS Meteorology of the Middle and Upper Atmosphere (3 SH) Co-op Education Credits
•  ATMOS Research Project (6 SH) Co-op Education Credits

Supporting Mathematics, Statistics and Sciences

•  PHY Calculus Based Physics I with Lab (4 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  PHY Calculus Based Physics II with Lab (4 SH)
•  CHEM Chemistry (4 SH) Testing Credits
•  MATH Mathematics for Meteorology Review (1 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MATH Technical Mathematics for Meteorology (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits
•  MATH Technical Advanced Mathematics for Meteorology (3 SH) Correspondence Credits
•  MATH College Trigonometry (3 SH)
•  MATH Calculus I/Analytical Geometry (differential) (4 SH) Testing Credits
•  MATH Calculus II/Analytical Geometry (integral) (4 SH) Testing Credits
•  MATH Calculus III/ Analytical Geometry (vector/multivariate) (4 SH)
•  MATH Applied Ordinary Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (3 SH) Testing Credits
•  MATH Applied Partial Differential Equations (3 SH)
•  STAT Probability and Statistical Methods for Applied Sciences (3 SH) DOD Education/Training Transfer Credits 

Additional Meteorology/Atmospheric Science Technical Training

Required for DOD Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory (ASL) Met Team members or as a NOAA/NWS employee:
•  GEOS/ATMOS Geology/Paleoclimatology (credit unknown), NOAA-National Weather Service, Indianapolis, IN
•  MET/ATMOS NOAA Weather Radar WSR74C /NOAA-NWS technical training (credit unknown), required for NOAA Operations
•  MET/ATMOS DOD Basic Meteorology (Meteorology Observation, Instrumentation, Boundary Layer Meteorology), DOD Technical Training School, required for the DOD U.S. Army Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory (ASL) Met Team (credit transcript converted to official Semester Hours)
•  MET Weather Forecasting (Physics, Math, Statistics, Climatology, Meteorological Theory and Applied Weather Analysis and Forecasting Labs), DOD Technical Training School, required for ASL Met Team weather forecasters (credit transcript converted to official Semester Hours)
•  MET/ATMOS Meteorological Rockets/Rocketsondes (Meteorological Instrumentation and Observation/Upper Air Observation and Analysis), DOD Technical School, required for ASL Met Team Members working in the Meteorological Rocket Network, ASL Met Team, Poker Flat, Alaska (credit transcript converted to official Semester Hours)

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