For many, interest in meteorology begins at an early age with observations of, and a passion for, local weather. The meteorology major encourages students to pursue this passion and challenges them to strengthen and broaden their knowledge of the physical and chemical processes of the atmosphere and ocean. An understanding of the atmosphere and ocean helps students put environmental issues in an appropriate context.
Courses in the meteorology major emphasize hands-on experiences whenever possible. Students will become proficient in analyzing meteorological and climatological data. The curriculum will introduce students to a wide variety of atmospheric and oceanic topics. Students will learn about physical mechanisms as well as tools used to measure the atmosphere and ocean.
The meteorology major will prepare students for employment in a number of areas. Students who successfully complete the major are eligible to receive the American Meteorological Society Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal and the National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal. The curriculum also provides students with a strong foundation to continue their studies in graduate school or to pursue a career in other meteorological/climatological fields.