Bachelor of Science in Geosciences with Concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology

Mississippi State University - Center for Distance Education

Program Description

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences with Concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology

Mississippi State University - Center for Distance Education

Does your job demand specific training in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology, yet you cannot return to college? If so, join over 350 others who have enrolled in the Broadcast and Operational Meteorology program via distance education. The Broadcast and Operational Meteorology Program (BOMP) provides a student with a wide variety of meteorology courses. The program is designed for individuals working as broadcast meteorologists who need additional formal education in meteorology. While the vast majority of our BOMP students are television or radio weathercasters, we do have many others enrolled who are in other fields. Newspaper reporters, educators, military personnel, National Weather Service employees, and private sector meteorologists, as well as general hobbyists, are enrolled. While it is designed to complement weather training received in the military, military meteorological training is not a requirement for the program. This program is for anyone seeking to further develop skills in operational, applied meteorology. New students must begin the program in the fall semester. A total of 124 credit hours are required for the B.S. degree. The 17 online meteorology courses (52 credit hours) can be completed in a three-year period following the scheduled program of study, which consists of two courses per semester. University requirements (approximately 72 credit hours) can be met with equivalent transfer courses from other accredited institutions or taken online through MSU. Upon completion of the 124 credit hours, students will earn a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences with a concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology.

Program Structure

  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each course
  • 124 credit hours are required to earn the Bachelor of Science degree
  • New students must begin the program in the fall semester
  • All courses are offered on the semester system
  • Instructors have advanced degrees and are recognized experts and real-life practitioners in their field
  • Course materials such as exercises, assignments, study guides, exams, and lectures will be delivered via the Internet using MyCourses. MyCourses is a software program designed specifically for online learning.

Course Rotation

Listed below is the course schedule for the BOMP core courses. The courses are offered only during the semester under which they are listed. BOMP FIRST YEAR

BOMP SECOND YEAR BUMP THIRD YEAR ANY SEMESTER/ANY YEAR GR 4640-Meteorological Internship is not required for the degree or certificate.Degree RequirementsThe completion of university and program requirements apply to all students in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Geosciences. University RequirementUniversity Curriculum Total Approx. 72 semester hours BOMP Requirements

  • GR 1114 - Physical Geography (4 semester hours)
  • GR 1123 - World Geography (3 semester hours)
  • GR 1603 - Introduction to Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4813 - Natural Hazards and Processes (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4603 - Climatology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4633 - Statistical Climatology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4713 - Synoptic Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4753 - Satellite & Radar Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GG 3613 - Water Resources (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4613 - Applied Climatology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4473 - Numerical Weather Prediction (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4623 - Physical Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4913 - * Thermodynamic Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4923 - Severe Weather (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4443 - Weather Prediction I (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4453 - Weather Prediction II (3 semester hours)
  • GG 3603 - Oceanography (3 semester hours)

BOMP Curriculum Total Approx. 52 semester hours A total of 124 semester credit hours are required for the B.S. degree in Geosciences. Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog. Additional courses may be required for those pursuing the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist. *Students seeking to work for the NWS or seeking the CBM should contact an advisor for program adjustments. Important Degree Reminders

  • In order to complete a baccalaureate degree, a student must satisfactorily complete all curriculum requirements with an overall "C" average or better. This applies to both transfer and MSU courses.
  • The B.S. degree in Geosciences can be awarded on the completion of no fewer than 124 semester hours.
  • The university will accept no more than 62 semester hours from a two-year institution (Community College) toward degree requirements. The remaining 62 hours needed for the degree must come from a four-year college.
  • All students must meet the 32-hour MSU residency requirement. This 32-hour upper division residency requirement will be met upon completion of the OMP curriculum.
  • Basic English, Math, and Intermediate Algebra courses do not satisfy any graduation requirement. They do not fulfill any of the English or Math graduation requirements, nor can they be counted as electives.
  • We do accept some National CLEP and Advanced Placement courses to fulfill degree requirements. Official test scores must be evaluated by MSU's Registrar's Office before credit can be awarded.
  • No more than 25% (31 semester hours) of a student's degree can be earned through Advanced Placement, CLEP, or Correspondence courses (Independent Study). In addition, no more than 20% (25 semester hours) can be earned through correspondence courses (Independent Study) and no more than 15 semester hours can be earned through Advanced Placement examinations.
  • We will accept a maximum of 2, one-hour Physical Education (PE) courses toward degree requirements.
  • We do not accept graduate coursework toward undergraduate degree requirements.
  • We do not accept life experience in lieu of degree requirements.
  • For questions concerning degree requirements please contact Mary Dean by email at or at 662.325.3476.

Request Evaluation Any current BOMP student interested in earning a B.S. Degree or certificate through MSU Geosciences Distance Education Department can request an official evaluation by completing and submitting an Evaluation Form. By completing the Evaluation Form you are requesting to have your file be evaluated for the B.S. degree in Geosciences from MSU. Please know that it is your responsibility to provide MSU with all college/university transcripts in addition to any CCAF (military), or CLEP examination scores before an evaluation can be completed. *Evaluations will not be completed until all transcripts have been providedNational Weather Association Seal of ApprovalThe BOMP Certificate Program was developed with the aid of the National Weather Association. Their Seal of Approval requires a written test in meteorology and the evaluation of your on-air videotape. In addition, the applicant must be a full member in good standing with the NWA, be currently employed as a commercial on-air weathercaster, and have 2 years full-time or 3-years part-time experience. If you have successfully completed the BOMP curriculum, you should be prepared to do well on the NWA Seal of Approval written exam. International undergraduate students admitted to Mississippi State University must demonstrate English language proficiency to register for academic courses offered through the colleges. Any of the following scores are acceptable to demonstrate English language proficiency:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum band score of 6.0.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum 525 for paper-based test, 197 for computer-based test, and 71 for Internet-based test
  • English portion of the ACT: minimum 19.

**PLEASE NOTE: This program does not admit in spring or summer. Visit for more information.Cost & FeesFall Semester 2017*Other distance fees may apply, depending on the program.

Fall Spring Summer
GR 1123- Intro World Geography GR 1603- Intro to Meteorology GR 4643 – Physical Climatology
GR 1114- Physical Geography GR 4813- Natural Hazards
Fall Spring Summer
GR 4633- Statistical Climatology GG 3613- Water Resources GR 4613- Applied Climatology
GR 4713- Synoptic Meteorology I GR 4753/6753- Satellite & Radar Meteorology GR 4473- Numerical Weather Prediction
Fall Spring Summer
GR 4623- Physical Meteorology GR 4443- Weather Prediction I GR 4453- Weather Prediction II
GR 4913- Thermodynamic Meteorology GR 4923- Severe Weather GG 3603- Intro to Oceanography
Computer Literacy - 3 semester hours
Water Resources
English Composition - 6 semester hours
EN 1103 - English Composition I
EN 1113 - English Composition II
Fine Arts - 3 semester hours
CO 1503 or approved substitute
(Ex.Art, Dance Music or Theater Appreciation)
Foreign Language - 6 semester hours
(Ex. Spanish I & II, French I & II, etc.)
History - 3 semester hours
Must be a general course
(Ex. Western Civilization I & U.S. History etc.)
Jr/Sr Writing Course - 3 semester hours
GG 4333 - Geowriting
CO 3313 - News Writing for Elec Media
Literature - 3 semester hours
Must be a general course
(Ex. American, English, or World Literature)
Mathematics - 6 semester hours
MA 1313 - College Algebra
One math Higher than College Algebra
(Ex. Trigonometry or Statistics)
Natural Science - 9 semester hours Public Speaking - 3 semester hours
CO 1003 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
CO 1013 - Intro to Communication
Social Science - 3 semester hours
Ex. Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Micro or Macro Economics
Political Science, Anthropology, etc
Electives 27-semester hours-Approx
Any course producing credit applicable towards degree
Tuition(Per Credit Hour) $342.00
Instructional Support Fee(Per Credit Hour) $25.00
Other Distance Fees Available Soon*
ESTIMATED TOTAL- Undergrad Resident or Non-Resident Student Tuition
and Required Fees (Per Credit Hour)
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Last updated November 23, 2017
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