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The major in Meteorology prepares students for careers in weather forecasting, atmospheric research, environmental consulting and air quality management. The strong physical science orientation of the program allows students to compete in related fields, such as environmental and computer science, hydrology, and alternative energy utilization. The major meets the federal guidelines for meteorologists, enabling graduates to begin careers in federal, state and private employment.

What can I do with a Meteorology major?

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the meteorology major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Required Core Courses

  • ESC 211 Introduction to Meteorology
  • ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology I
  • ESC 312 Synoptic Meteorology II
  • ESC 313 Environmental Climatology
  • ESC 314 Environmental Climatology Lab
  • ESC 350 Computational Methods in the Field Sciences
  • ESC 390 Intermediate Meteorological Analysis
  • ESC 391 Writing in the Earth Sciences
  • ESC 415 Physical Meteorology
  • ESC 416 Thermodynamics and the Boundary Layer
  • ESC 417 Dynamic Meteorology
  • ESC 420 Radar and Satellite Meteorology
  • ESC 490 Advanced Meteorological Analysis
  • ESC 494 Senior Research
  • ESC 495 Senior Seminar
    • ESC 327 Broadcast Meteorology
    • ESC 332 Air and Water Pollution
    • ESC 399 Independent Study
    • ESC 412 Hydrology with Laboratory
    • ESC 432 Tropical Meteorology
    • ESC 452 Mesoscale Meteorology
    • ESC 460 Meteorological Internship
    • ESC 462 Hydrometeorology
    • ESC 477 Storm Chasing
    • ESC 499 Independent Study

Total number of core credits: 43

Required Corequisite Courses

  • MTH 201 Calculus I
  • MTH 202 Calculus II
  • MTH 255 Differential Equations
  • CHM 205 Chemistry I
  • PHS 235 Physics I
  • PHS 240 Physics II
  • ESC 251 Scientific Computing

Total number of corequisite credits: 26

Additional supporting work in the sciences and mathematics is strongly recommended.

ESC 350 and ESC 391 should be taken by the end of the junior year.

ESC 494 and ESC 495 should be taken in the senior year.

Additional mathematics, computer science, or science courses are recommended, depending on individual goals. In some cases, these may be applied toward the major with written departmental approval. Recommended supporting courses, outside of meteorology, include the following:

  • CHM 206 College Chemistry II
  • MTH 203 Calculus III
  • MTH 281 Discrete Mathematics I

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the manner with which variables and data, relevant for meteorology, are properly collected using a discipline-appropriate methodology (fieldwork, instrumentation, remote sensing, or derived products from models).
  2. Properly interpret meteorology data using discipline-accepted qualitative analysis.
  3. Properly interpret meteorology data using discipline-accepted quantitative analysis.
  4. Define a scientific question and develop a methodology for answering it.
  5. Locate, evaluate, and interpret primary source scientific literature.
  6. Effectively express meteorology concepts and research results following the accepted written format for the discipline
  7. Explain meteorology concepts and communicate research results following the accepted oral format for the discipline