Sample courses

To complete the D.Met program at Dalhousie, you’ll need to take nine required courses:

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

PHYC 4520
Introduction to Atmospheric Science

Ever wondered about the composition of the atmosphere, or its thermal structure? This class will give you a general overview of such topics—and others, including air mass and frontal theory, and weather-generating physical processes and their consequences. You’ll also learn about atmospheric radiation, dynamic meteorology, climatology, and the physics of clouds and storms.

Prerequisites: PHYC 2140.03 or permission of instructor. Cross-listings: PHYC 5520.03, OCEA 4520.03/5520.03

PHYC 4505
Atmospheric Physics

In this advanced class, you’ll find out how to apply moist thermodynamics to a variety of atmospheric phenomena: aerosols, cloud droplets, precipitation formation, convection, supercells, hurricanes, lightning, and more. You’ll also learn about the radar equation and how to interpret radar images.

Prerequisites: PHYC 2140 and PHYC 4520, or permission of the instructor. Cross-listings: PHYC 5505, OCEA 4505/5505

PHYC 4540
Synoptic Meteorology I

All aspiring meteorologists will be excited about the hands-on learning in this class, which provides an introduction to the practical skills of meteorological observation and analysis. You’ll develop skills in drawing and interpreting weather maps, and learn about the three-dimensional structure of weather systems. Plus, you’ll look at satellite and radar remote sensing of the atmosphere. An essential part of the Diploma in Meteorology program—and a "cool" class.

Prerequisites: At least one third-year physics class. Cross-listings: PHYC 5540.03, OCEA 4541.03/5541.03