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Prepare yourself to study meteorology at WestConn

If you are a high school student considering entering the undergraduate meteorology program here at WestConn, you should realize that successful completion of our program requires adequate preparation now, on your part, before coming to WestConn. Meteorology is an applied physics discipline, and as such, requires good working knowledge of the ideas and concepts taught in courses in basic physics, chemistry, and mathematics. This is essential in understanding the forces and physical processes responsible for creating weather and climate on Earth and other planets. The more courses you are able to take now, in high school physics, math, earth science, and chemistry the better prepared you will be for studying meteorology here at WestConn.

It is advisable that all students, before enrolling in the undergraduate meteorology program here at WestConn should have completed AT LEAST:

1. One year of high school chemistry (an AP or introductory college chemistry course or sequence is highly recommended)

2. One year of high school physics (an AP or introductory calculus based physics sequence is highly recommended)

3. High school mathematics courses in geometry, trigonometry, and algebra I & II (an AP or introductory college math and/or calculus course or sequence recommended)

4. One or more courses in astronomy and/or earth science will intorduce you to the “interrelatedness” and fundamental concepts and ideas in one or more of the traditional earth sciences (astronomy, geology, meteorology, and oceanography)

In addition to the above, it will help you tremendously to have also completed:

The third year of a single foreign language with an overall “C” average (or the third year of two foreign languages with an overall “B” average)

One or more high school computer science courses, at least one of which includes an introduction to basic programming using a modern computer programming language such as FORTRAN, C, or C++, as well as an introduction to a modern operating system such as Windows, Linux, or Unix.