CBM Requirements

Applicants for the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Program must have a degree in atmospheric science/meteorology or the equivalent. Completion of the following coursework is considered equivalent to a degree in atmospheric science/meteorology. Acceptable degrees in atmospheric science/meteorology should include the below referenced coursework.


1) at least 24 semester hours of credit in atmospheric science courses that include the following:

• 12 semester hours of lecture and laboratory courses, with calculus as a prerequisite or corequisite, in atmospheric thermodynamics and dynamic, synoptic, and mesoscale meteorology that collectively provide a broad treatment of atmospheric processes at all scales;

• 3 semester hours of atmospheric physics, with emphasis on cloud/precipitation physics and solar and terrestrial radiation;

• 3 semester hours of atmospheric measurements, instrumentation, or remote sensing, including both lecture and laboratory components;

• at least 3 semester hours in applied/specialty meteorology topics such as:

• advanced dynamics, agricultural meteorology, air pollution meteorology, applied climatology, aviation meteorology, broadcast meteorology, hydrology or hydrometeorology, physical oceanography, tropical meteorology, and weather forecasting;

• up to 3 semester hours of a synthesizing experience such as

2) a minimum of a three-semester sequence of calculus that includes vector calculus, and a separate course in ordinary differential equations, in courses designed for majors in either mathematics, physical sciences or engineering;

3) a one-year sequence in physics lecture and laboratory courses, with calculus as a prerequisite or corequisite;

4) at least one course (3 semester hours) in chemistry appropriate for physical science majors;

5) a course with a multi-disciplinary and/or integrative approach to an environmental topic, such as a course on climate change;

6) an appropriate level of coursework or demonstrated competency in the following areas:

Whenever possible and where appropriate, course requirements should include components that utilize modern computer and instrumentation labs and facilities.





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