Bachelor of Science in
Accurate weather forecasting can literally save lives. From hurricane hunting to severe storm prediction, meteorologists play an important role in today’s society.
Embry-Riddle’s Bachelor of Science in Meteorology program prepares students for fascinating careers in the National Weather Service, the U.S. military, commercial operations, aviation companies and broadcasting. Students may also move on to advanced studies in atmospheric sciences.
Embry-Riddle students have the unique ability to focus on aviation-related careers if desired. Students combine theory with valuable hands-on experience to ensure they’re career-ready.
Our students benefit from both direct access to experienced faculty as well as state-of-the-art weather forecasting and observational equipment, all brought together in a small class setting. Students can also complement their studies with certifications or operations-focused minors that cover a variety of topics such as airline dispatching and operations, computational mathematics, flight, defense studies, unmanned aircraft systems science, communication and broadcast media, geographic information systems, and emergency management.
Meteorology graduates depart with a deep understanding of weather analysis, data collection, forecasting, and much more. Each of our degree programs meet the guidelines set by the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Service, and U.S. Air Force - ensuring our graduates have the professional skills necessary for immediate productivity.
Additionally, students can join co-curricular activities to enhance their college experience, with options such as the Weather Club or student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. These activities offer valuable networking opportunities at professional gatherings, including international meteorological seminars and conventions.
About Meteorology at the Prescott, AZ Campus
(Beginning the Fall Semester of 2020)
The Bachelor of Science degree in 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 Bachelor of Science in Meteorology degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation, and 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 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.
With some additional coursework, students in the 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.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has one of the largest and highest rated Air Force ROTC programs in the country. Since Meteorology is a technical degree, substantial scholarships are available to eligible students through Air Force ROTC and the Army Cadet Command.
The program also routinely provides opportunities for students to study abroad every year, bringing meteorology out of the classroom and onto the world stage. International curriculum allows students to investigate, discover, and study unique weather conditions on a global scale and see first-hand the multitude of ways culture interacts with climate. In recent years, our students have studied mountain meteorology in the Swiss Alps and tropical meteorology in the Amazon basin.
The student-led Weather Club is a student chapter of the American Meteorological Society and features valuable networking opportunities at professional meetings, along with more social activities like kayaking and hiking, with faculty often joining in the fun.
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.
Suggested Program of Study
|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|
|PS 216||Physics I Laboratory||1|
or PS 253
|Physics Laboratory for Engineers|
|Social Science or Economics Lower-Level Elective||3|
|UNIV 101||College Success||1|
|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|
|General Chemistry I||4|
|CS 118||Fundamentals of Computer Programming||3|
|Humanities Lower-Level Elective||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|
|GEO 210||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|Humanities or Social Science Upper-Level Elective||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|
|Social Science or Economics Lower-Level 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|
Emergency Response Meteorologist Certification
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.C, IS-200.B, IS-300, IS-400, IS-702.A, IS-703.A, IS-706, and IS-800.C 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.
|GEO 310||Advanced Geographic Information Systems||3|
|SIS 430||Emergency Management and Contingency Planning||3|
|SIS 431||Incident Command System||3|
|WX 458||All Hazards Support, Modeling and Mapping.||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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