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Diploma in Meteorology (30 Credits)

The Department offers an intensive, one-year program in theoretical and applied meteorology to B.Sc. or B.Eng. graduates of suitable standing in physics, applied mathematics or other appropriate disciplines, leading to a Diploma in Meteorology. The program is designed for students with little or no previous background in meteorology who wish to direct their experience to atmospheric or environmental applications, or who need to fulfil academic prerequisites in meteorology to qualify for employment. For further information, consult the Administrative Officer, Burnside Hall, Room 946.

An exemption of up to 6 credits may be allowed for courses already taken. Students granted such exemptions are required to add complementary courses from an approved list to maintain a total credit count of 30 completed at McGill.

The most recent version of our programs can be found at McGill's Course Calendar website.

Required Courses (18 credits)

ATOC 512 Atmospheric & Oceanic Dynamics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 521 Cloud Physics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 531 Dynamics of Current Climates 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 540 Synoptic Meteorology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 541 Synoptic Meteorology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


Complementary Courses (12 credits)

6 credits selected from:

ATOC 309 Weather Radars and Satellites 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 315 Thermodynamics and Convection 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 419 Course not available

CHEM 419 Course not available

9 credits ordinarily selected from:

ATOC 513 Waves & Stability 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 515 Turbulence in Atmosph&Oceans 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

ATOC 525 Atmospheric Radiation 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

GEOG 522 Course not available

MATH 317 Numerical Analysis 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 319 Intro to Partial Diff Equas 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 555 Fluid Dynamics 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 331 Topics in Classical Mechanics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 340 Majors Electricity & Magnetism 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 342 Majors Electromagnetic Waves 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHYS 432 Physics of Fluids 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

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