Meteorology
Major

Program Overview

Are you intrigued by the extraordinary complexities of weather? Explore our meteorology program — the only undergraduate major in Michigan. Whether in the field conducting research or in our advanced on-campus lab, you’ll gain valuable knowledge and expertise. Our program meets the requirements of the National Weather Service and produces leading meteorologists around the world.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On-Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 73

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Are you glued to the television with every weather forecast? Do you wonder why weather changes when it does? Are you fascinated by Michigan’s wild weather patterns? In this hands-on program, you’ll study all processes that affect weather. You’ll constantly be engaged with a rapidly evolving science that has significant relevance to individuals and entire nations.

From climate change to severe storms, you'll apply theoretical understanding to atmospheric processes. The goal is accurate forecasting and leading research. Precise weather information is essential to communities. So, your ability to communicate complex scientific analysis will have an important impact.

Our program offers a modern, thorough curriculum to prepare you for a career in meteorology. The faculty have terminal degrees in meteorology and teach small classes. Laboratory time provides practical learning using state-of-the-art weather analysis software.

Our program maintains a national presence within the forecasting and research communities. The meteorology major provides a student-focused approach to both academic and career advising. There are roughly 15 students in the program per faculty member.

Program Highlights

As a student in our meteorology program, you’ll:

  • Have a chance to engage in compelling field research using advanced technology and sophisticated tools to observe and record weather.
  • Analyze data from CMU’s state-of-the-art weather station that’s equipped with a weather balloon and the same advanced technology used by professional meteorologists use to collect data.
  • Be a part of a top program that meets the guidelines specified for a Bachelor of Science degree by the American Meteorological Society.
  • Participate in a program that meets the requirements of the National Weather Service, considered to be the highest level of accreditation for undergraduate atmospheric science programs.

Careers & Outcomes

As a meteorology major, you’ll gain the expertise needed to forecast for the National Weather Service, broadcast weather for television and radio, conduct ground-breaking research, or work in the commercial weather industry and other weather-related professions.

Career Projected Salary
Television Weather Forecaster (large markets) $94,570
Atmospheric Scientist $94,570
Meteorologist $94,570
Researcher Meteorologist $46,346
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