Meteorology

Meteorology

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

When you study meteorology at St. Cloud State University you'll learn what determines whether it snows, rains, storms or clouds join the sun in the sky. As part of the only meteorology training program in Minnesota you'll examine current research on short-term and long-term atmospheric changes. You will help calculate and anticipate their impact on world climate. Through classwork, fieldwork and internships you will put what you've learned into practice and test your findings. Your work will prepare you for the growing number of jobs in weather forecasting, wind power, air pollution, climate research and flood forecasting.

Program Highlights

  • Foundation of current physics and mathematics theories prepares graduates to follow new developments.
  • Math Skills Center ensures excellence in the core math skills needed to excel in the program.
  • Smart classrooms, technology-enhanced lecture halls and advanced laboratories in the updated Robert H. Wick Science Building.
  • Active student organizations create opportunities for peer research, professional networking and socializing.
  • Preparation for work in private and public sectors or continued study in graduate school 

Program Distinctions

  • Minnesota's only meteorology program.
  • New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).
  • Host of the annual Northern Plains Winter Storm Conference
  • Program meets American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Service standards.
  • With key elective choices, students meet requirements for National Weather Service meteorologist positions.
  • Notable alums: Sven Sundgaard '03 is a TV meteorologist for NBC affiliate KARE 11 in Minneapolis-St. Paul; Pete Boulay '96 is assistant state climatologist.

Student Organizations

  • American Meteorological Society Student Chapter (SCSU AMS)
  • Storm Chase Club
  • National Weather Association, Central Minnesota Chapter
  • Hydrology Club
  • Wind Energy Association
Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 98% of meteorology graduates employed
  • $600,000 National Science Foundation grant helps support students who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • More than 600 student veterans and active military enrolled
  • 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners

Popular Careers

  • Weather/Aviation Forecaster
  • Meteorologist
  • Climatologist
  • Broadcast Meteorologist
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Air Quality Controller
  • Forensic Meteorology 

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