Why study Meteorology at Dal?

Learn about the atmosphere while broadening job prospects

Do you check the weather every morning before you go outside? Have you often looked up at the sky, watching unusual cloud patterns form? Are you fascinated by reports of extreme weather events here in Canada and around the globe? Doing the Diploma in Meteorology (D.Met.) at Dalhousie will allow you to explore in depth your interests in weather and atmospheric phenomena.

With Dal's one-year Diploma in Meteorology, the only program of its kind in Atlantic Canada, you’ll gain a strong background in atmospheric science—training you for a career as a forecaster or preparing you for studies at the graduate level.

Degree overview

Diploma: Diploma in Meteorology, DMet
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 1 year
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

You can choose to take the one-year DMet after completing a three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, or another quantitative subject area in the Faculty of Science. Or, take the DMet as part of a four-year BSc with a Major in Physics. To complete the DMet program at Dalhousie, you’ll need to take nine required courses:

  • Introduction to Atmospheric Science
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Synoptic Meteorology I and Synoptic Meteorology II
  • Atmospheric Dynamics I and Atmospheric Dynamics II
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • and Light Scattering, Radiative Transfer, and Remote Sensing

In addition, Numerical Modelling of Atmospheres and Oceans is recommended, but you may take another course after discussing it with the D.Met coordinator.

If you're a Physics and Meteorology student, you have the option of taking part in the co-op education program.

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

You’ll be qualified for dynamic positions in both the public and private sectors and could pursue a career as:

  • a storm chaser
  • an aviation program manager
  • a broadcaster
  • an environmental engineer
  • a meteorologist with the federal government or a tv network

Dal's Diploma in Meteorology program prepares you for further studies in various sciences such as physics, engineering, or meteorology.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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