Oswego's meteorology major has a national reputation for producing professionals in the field. Meteorologists study the atmosphere and its physical and chemical characteristics and processes, weather patterns and climate. As the only state college on a Great Lake our location will let you experience and study weather phenomena like lake-effect snow and waterspouts.

We offer specialized study in synoptic and dynamic meteorology, meso- and micrometeorology, atmospheric and cloud physics, climatology, instruments and air pollution. An outstanding alumni network, labs and on-campus facilities and field experiences such as our Storm Chasers program make this program particularly strong.

Launch your career


Participate in our pioneering Storm Chasers summer program where you'll forecast, pursue and observe extreme weather through the Great Plains states. Join the campus chapter of the American Meteorological Society and attend meetings of the professional AMS with your professors. Get on-air experience as a future TV meteorologist at WTOP, our on-campus television station. Our program and alumni success opens up internship opportunities in such places as the National Weather Service, government agencies, private-sector meteorological firms and television stations.
You’ll have abundant opportunities to engage in hands-on research with faculty through the Lake-Effect Storm Prediction & Research Center.


Opportunities include

  • Weather forecasting or atmospheric research with the National Weather Service
  • Environmental assessment, especially in the area of air-pollution studies
  • Broadcast TV meteorologist
  • Private forecasting for oil, shipping and environmental industries

Graduate studies may include

  • Meteorology/Atmospheric sciences
  • Climatology
  • Engineering
  • Statistics


Our observation equipment constantly monitors changes in local weather, and an Internet link continuously streams the latest observational and forecast data. A mesoscale model also provides local forecast data. Interactive graphical interfaces along with specialized graphics provide state-of-the-art visualization for meteorological data. Meteorology lab spaces in the new Shineman Center offer hands-on opportunities with advanced tools like our wind tunnel and weather balloon system.

“I forecasted for our school's firm, went storm chasing in the Plains and researched lake-effect with the OWLeS research grant. Through these experiences, I got to do tasks that I now do everyday at my job, and learned which I liked, disliked, which were easy and which I needed to improve on. Most importantly, through these experiences, I made professional connections with professors and alumni that helped me get the job I have now.”

— Molly Mattot ’15