The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology provides a practical understanding of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere and prepares the graduate for a range of meteorologist positions in government, military, or as researchers or aviation meteorologists in the private sector. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to operational weather forecasting and decision-making for weather-sensitive industries. Students use a state-of-the-art Meteorology Lab and computer-equipped classrooms to understand and forecast complex atmospheric phenomena ranging from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, to cyclones, fronts, and jet streams, to global climate and how it is changing.
Students in the Applied Meteorology degree may choose to pursue an Emergency Response Meteorologist or Aircraft Dispatching certificate. Emergency response meteorologists are in demand by the National Weather Service and other government agencies for incident response operations requiring quick and reliable weather-related decision support for events such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and hazardous material spills. Certificated aircraft dispatchers are employed by airlines to manage the ground-based tasks vital to successful airline operations, including in-flight monitoring of weather conditions.
This degree meets all the requirements for undergraduate study in meteorology recommended by the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Air Force. All graduates also meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for the position of the meteorologist.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.
The Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Students should be aware that many courses have prerequisites and/or corequisites and should plan to begin the required math-calculus sequence as soon as they are eligible. In addition, all meteorology (WX) classes, except WX 201, WX 203L, and WX 301, are offered only once per year, although some additional summer classes may be offered.
The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below.