Bachelor of Science in
Meteorology/Applied Meteorology

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.

DEGREE DETAILS

About Meteorology/Applied Meteorology at the Prescott, AZ Campus

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 Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

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.

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120 Credits

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