Meteorology BS

Oswego's meteorology major has a national reputation for producing professionals in the field. 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.

Overview

Meteorologists study the atmosphere and its physical and chemical characteristics and processes, weather patterns and climate. We offer specialized study in different subsections of meteorology, atmospheric and cloud physics, climatology, instruments and air pollution.

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. Find ample chances to present your own research. 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 and Research Center. Our observation equipment constantly monitors changes in local weather, with a contant online stream of 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 Shineman Center offer hands-on opportunities with advanced tools like our wind tunnel and weather balloon system.

SUNY Oswego 2012 Storm Chasing trip

Shineman Center for Science, Engineering and Innovation

This $118 million-dollar facility serves as the home for the mathematics, science, computing and engineering programs. This 230,00 square-foot center features a planetarium, three observation decks, a greenhouse, extensive laboratories and state of-the-art equipment.

Outcomes

  • Gain ability to design and discuss an atmospheric related experiment including development of a hypothesis, selection of equipment to be used, proposed methods suggested and limitation of the experiment
  • Build familiarity with complex computer modeling systems
  • Write a weather forecast discussion 
  • Mathematically formulate and conceptually describe atmospheric processes using as a basis the equations of motion, mass continuity, thermodynamic state and the first law of thermodynamics

Career Opportunities

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

Program Resources

Internships

Learn what it's like to work in a professional setting while still in school.

Storm Chasers

Coinciding with peak tornado season in the U.S., this program teaches students to observe patterns and predict changes in the weather by applying their classroom learning to the forecasting and observation of actual storms.

Research

Apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to research in the field and laboratory.

Get Involved

The meteorology program offers many ways to get involved on campus outside of academics. Join the American Meteorological Society chapter at Oswego, the Meteorology Club or attend the annual Great Lakes Atmospheric Science Symposium.

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