Meteorology

Meteorology Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Earth Science On-campus

About Meteorology

Build a strong foundation for your future career in meteorology.

At California University of Pennsylvania, you will learn about the atmosphere in depth and explore the dynamic ways the  earth, climate and weather interconnect. In the Bachelor of Science in Earth Science degree program, the meteorology concentration will help you understand how incredibly challenging weather forecasting can be, especially under extreme atmospheric conditions. 

Meteorology students learn how to perform state-of-the-art research. Our program gives undergraduate meteorology majors the opportunity to attend or present their research at professional conferences, sometimes in collaboration with other professionals.

Benefit from a holistic education in earth sciences.

Cal U's meteorology program is especially distinctive because the concentration is part of the Earth Sciences Department. As a student studying earth sciences, you'll have opportunities to work with modern technologies, software, databases and field methods. You will also take field courses designed to give you practical experiences.

Cal U has one of the few undergraduate meteorology programs that offers a course in global climate change, which also satisfies the ethics and multicultural requirements for Cal U's general education courses. This course is one of five climate-related courses in the meteorology curriculum.  Very few programs offer more than one climate-related course in the meteorology program.

Among our other strengths is our program's affiliation as a local chapter of two larger professional societies: The National Weather Association (NWS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: METEOROLOGY

Solid foundation: The Earth Sciences Department houses a meteorology lab, which is equipped with 22 dual-boot Windows/Linux computers with interactive meteorological software and visualization programs to enhance student research and learning. This lab also has a live feed to Unidata for real-time meteorological analyses to improve student forecasting skills. Meteorology students have access to a state-of-the-art broadcast studio with multiple digital cameras, chroma key and production equipment to develop their skills in broadcast meteorology. The digital studio also features a 70-inch touchscreen AccuWeather StoryTeller system, which uses numerous on-air apps, such as StormDirector+, woven into the platform. Students are able to broadcast live via Periscope and Facebook Live, as well as share content with our campus television station, CUTV. We also offer six meteorology courses with labs in which students gain hands-on experiences.

Career edge: Meteorology majors can get practical experience in numerous ways. Students interested in broadcast meteorology participate in internships, available at numerous TV stations. Some students choose stations close to their home during their summer, but Cal U also has excellent connections for internships at Pittsburgh TV stations. Students interested in forecasting can intern with the Pittsburgh office of the National Weather Service (NWS). Meteorology majors who want to go on to graduate school can take advantage of Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs, including internships at such federal agencies as the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Okla., and the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Fla.

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19:1 
Student-to-faculty ratio at Cal U.
120 
Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in earth sciences with a concentration in meteorology, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's meteorology program offers both academic rigor and experienced advising to help you shape a program that matches your career goals. The meteorology program fully implements American Meteorological Society guidelines for a bachelor's degree in meteorology. The program has expanded over the years with the addition of expert faculty, enabling students to gain a broad education to prepare for career success. Among our exceptional courses is a field experience that allows students to chase tornadoes and practice severe weather forecasting skills in real time. Cal U is the only university in the region to offer this type of course for credit. We are the first school to offer an upper-division Digital Media Meteorology course that takes advantage of our unique technological partnership with AccuWeather. Students are required to generate, curate and produce original digital weather-related content that is pushed out to our various social media outlets, including the meteorology program's YouTube account.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U meteorology graduates go on to weather enterprises in private industry, the military (Navy and Air Force), consulting firms, the federal government, the broadcast industry, air quality companies, GIS firms, and local and county government. Most often, meteorology graduates work for TV stations or go on to graduate study. A sampling of Cal U meteorology graduates includes Dr. Patrick C. Taylor '04, who works at NASA-Langley as a climate modeler. He represented NASA at the Paris Climate Talks in 2015 and received the Early Career Achievement Award from NASA, presented by President Barrack Obama at the White House. Karly Bitsura-Meszaros '12, a Ph.D. candidate at the College of Natural Resources, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, is focusing her research on the role that national parks play in visitors' perceptions of and attitudes toward taking action on climate change.

 
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Meterology students use a digital globe to simulate weather patterns.

Outlook for Meteorology Jobs

Employment of atmospheric scientists, including meteorologists, is projected to grow 9% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Atmospheric scientists and meteorologists study the weather and climate, and how those conditions affect human activity and the earth in general. Most meteorologists and atmospheric scientists work indoors in weather stations, offices or laboratories, and may have to work extended hours during weather emergencies. The best job prospects for meteorologists and atmospheric scientists will be in private industry.

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Campus Connections

The Meteorology Club gives our students many advantages. The club has won prestigious chapter of the year honors twice from both the American Meteorology Society and the National Weather Association. The club is very active in educational outreach and also hosts a speaker series.  The club is successful in fundraising, which allows meteorology majors to attend conferences where they can network with professionals and learn about different career opportunities in meteorology. Club members also can take advantage of leadership opportunities that help to build their resumes.

B.S. Earth Science Courses - Meteorology Programs

Example Courses
  • Meteorology
  • Introduction to Geology
  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Synoptic Meteorology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Atmospheric Instrumentation and Measurement

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B.S., Earth Science Courses - Concentrations

Concentrations
  • Environmental Geosciences  - Concentration

Meteorology Faculty

Dr. Swarndeep Gill
Associate Professor

gill@calu.edu

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Dr. Chad Kauffman
Professor and program director; curriclum development coordinator, AMS DataStreme program
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Dr. Mario Majcen
Associate Professor

majcen@calu.edu

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