No matter what the weather is like, each day at ERAU will be a new and exciting challenge for its students in the Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and Applied Meteorology programs. In fact, students provide weather forecasting support for ERAU’s flight-training fleet and the campus community. ERAU students benefit from access to an experienced faculty, state-of-the-art weather forecasting and observation equipment, and hands-on experience.
The opportunities for meteorologists are significantly greater than the reporters seen on television. An ERAU graduate’s career can take a variety of challenging and rewarding directions.
The U.S. government remains the largest employer of meteorologists in the country. Beyond government positions, there is a significant demand for weather consultants in climate-sensitive industries such as farming, commodity investing, utilities, and insurance, to name a few.
Retail companies that operate nationally employ meteorologists to consult on distribution of certain products in different regions at different times of the year.
Students will acquire hands-on experience in small classes, where they’ll analyze weather patterns and conduct field observations.
The small class size will provide distinct advantages that students will grow to appreciate as an undergraduate in research, broadcasting, forecasting, and scientific analysis.
The programs meet all requirements put forth by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Service, and U.S. Air Force to ensure that ERAU graduates learn the professional skills necessary to meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for Meteorologists.
Students can join the Weather Club, a student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Affiliation with this national organization will provide valuable networking opportunities at professional gatherings, including international meteorological seminars and conventions.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology provides a practical understanding of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to operational weather forecasting and decision-making for weather-sensitive industries, including possible hands-on experience as a meteorology intern. The program prepares graduating students for careers as meteorologists with the government, military, television, or the private sector, as dispatchers, or for graduate studies toward a career in research or academia.
The program 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 meteorologist.
Students use a state-of-the-art Weather Center 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.
With some additional coursework, students in the Applied Meteorology degree program may choose to pursue an Emergency Response Meteorologist Certification, Aircraft Dispatch Certification, Fixed-wing or Helicopter Flight minor (leading to Commercial Pilot Certification), or a Defense Studies minor.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology provides a practical understanding of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere. Students use a state-of-the-art meteorology lab and interactive meteorological graphics software 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. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to operational weather forecasting and decision making for weather-sensitive industries, including possible hands-on experience as a meteorology intern. The program prepares graduating students for careers as meteorologists, within the government, military, television, or private sectors, or as flight dispatchers or for graduate studies toward a career in research or academia.
Students in the Applied Meteorology degree may choose to pursue an Emergency Response Meteorologist Certification, Aircraft Dispatch Certification, Fixed-wing or Helicopter Flight minor (leading to Commercial Pilot Certification), or a Defense Studies minor. Each of these options requires additional credits and involves unique course requirements. Students can find the requirements for the Aircraft Dispatch Certification, Flight minor, and Defense Studies minor in the course catalog.
All students entering the Applied Meteorology program should have completed four years of high school science and mathematics. Proficiency in trigonometry and pre-calculus is essential to enter this program. Students should be prepared to enroll in Calculus I in their first semester.
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.
|COM 122||English Composition||3|
|MA 241||Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4|
|MA 242||Calculus and Analytical Geometry II||4|
|PS 150||Physics for Engineers I||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success *||1|
|PS 216||Physics I Laboratory||1|
or PS 253
|Physics Laboratory for Engineers|
|WX 201||Survey of Meteorology||3|
|WX 203L||Survey of Meteorology Laboratory||1|
|WX 301||Aviation Weather||3|
|WX 353||Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere||3|
|Lower-level EC or SS elective||3|
|General Chemistry I||4|
|CS 118||Fundamentals of Computer Programming||3|
|MA 243||Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4|
|MA 441||Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I||3|
|PS 160||Physics for Engineers II||3|
|WX 270||Weather Information Systems||3|
|WX 354||Dynamics of the Atmosphere||3|
|WX 365||Satellite and Radar Weather Interpretation||3|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
|EGR 115||Introduction to Computing for Engineers||3|
|MA 345||Differential Equations and Matrix Methods||4|
|WX 261||Applied Climatology||3|
|WX 390||Atmospheric Physics||3|
|WX 391||Applied Synoptic Meteorology||3|
|WX 420||Advanced Atmospheric Thermodynamics||3|
|WX 492||Advanced Synoptic Meteorology||3|
|Lower-level EC or SS elective||3|
|Upper-level HU or SS elective||3|
|MA 222||Business Statistics||3|
or PSY 226
|Statistics for Organizational Analysis and Research|
|WX 427||Forecasting Techniques||3|
|WX 490||Advanced Dynamic Meteorology I||3|
|WX 491||Advanced Dynamic Meteorology II||3|
|WX 493||Senior Research Thesis||3|
UNIV 101 meets open elective or credit in excess of degree requirement
The Emergency Response Meteorologist (ERM) Certificate* prepares graduates for employment as an ERM or Incident Meteorologist. This certification is only available to students who complete a B.S. in Applied Meteorology. It gives students additional knowledge and skill to provide decision support services more effectively to meteorology customers. This additional training will prepare graduates to work in emergency operations centers for national or local government agencies and help guide decisions related to meteorology.
Students in this certification program learn about the U.S. incident command structure, gaining official National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command Certification through local emergency management personnel.
Students will also achieve familiarity with geographic information systems (GIS) as essential for mapping geophysical datasets and visualizing emergency plans and incident response operations. Then, the capstone experience (WX 45X) gives students the opportunity to configure and operate various hazard models used in emergency management scenarios to predict the impacts of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfire behavior, and the spread of hazardous materials.
The ERM Certificate is only available at the Prescott Campus to students majoring in Applied Meteorology. It requires the successful completion of the IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-300, IS-400, IS-700.a, IS-701.a, IS-702.a, IS-703.a, IS-706, and IS-800.b NIMS certificates, which may be earned while taking SIS 430 and SIS 431. It also requires satisfactory performance in all required courses, which must be completed with a “C” grade or better.
|SIS 430||Emergency Management and Contingency Planning||3|
|SIS 431||Incident Command System||3|
|WX 210||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|WX 458||Hazards Mapping and Modeling||3|
It is highly recommended (but not required) that students complete an internship as part of their cooperative education during the year preceding graduation. Students may earn credit for their internship activities. This will provide practical on-the-job experience while shadowing real emergency response meteorologists at various locations around the country. Internships also provide valuable networking opportunities and open doors to future employment.
*This program is offered within the Applied Meteorology program at ERAU and not as separate training. To complete the Emergency Response Certification program, the student must also complete the Applied Meteorology degree and must earn a “C” grade or higher in all required courses. For more information, contact the Chair of the Applied Aviation Sciences Department.
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