About the Program
Many graduates pursue careers with the National Weather Service, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, the Environmental Research Laboratories, and the Department of Defense. Graduates also pursue careers with private meteorological or environmental consulting firms that provide weather information and apply atmospheric sciences to air pollution control, energy distribution, marketing, transportation, weather modification, and agriculture. Graduates also work for insurance and commodities industries that employ meteorologists who are educated in statistics, agriculture, and world climates.
Applied meteorologists apply weather and climate information to problems facing agriculture and commerce. Students acquire the skills and tools necessary to improve the health, safety, and productivity of today’s world. Graduates work on many environmental problems such as air quality, renewable energy sources, climate change and the impacts of climate change.
The option involves extensive coursework in meteorology, physics, and mathematics, as well as first-hand experience in applying basic concepts to real world situations. Internship programs are available with private industry, the National Weather Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition there are regular opportunities to work in University laboratories and the State Climate Office.
Applied Meteorology and Climatology Website
120 Credits Required
Departmental/Program Major Courses (110-111 credits)
Required Major Courses (32 credits)
Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (78-79 credits)
Electives (9 -10 credits)
University Core Requirements
- Human Cultures Humanities
- Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
- Information Literacy
- Science #1
- Science #2
- Science, Technology, and Society
- Written Communication
- Oral Communication
- Quantitative Reasoning
For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
College of Agriculture & University Level Requirements
- 2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
- 32 Upper division credits taken from Purdue
- 9 credits International Understanding
- 3 credits Multicultural Awareness
- 9 credits of Hum and/or Social Sciences outside the College of Agriculture
2.0 GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.
Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student.
Official and complete prerequisite lists are in the course catalog; the incomplete listing presented here regards this program and course sequencing.
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.
For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
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