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Meteorology and Climatology

Students work at the Delaware Environmental Observing System
Students in the meteorology and climatology major will have access to the Delaware Environmental Observing System at UD - a network of over 50 weather stations throughout the state.

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geography


Our Changing Climate


Will a hurricane change course and make landfall over a coastal city? How much snow will the Northeast get this winter? What do sea surface temperatures tell us about climate change? These are all questions that students trained in meteorology and climatology are prepared to answer about weather and climate...and more.

Meteorology is the science of the atmosphere. The importance of meteorological events is felt throughout various sectors of society—a drought results in water shortages, crop damage and increased wildfire potential, while water surpluses cause flooding. Climatology is the science of climate, which is usually considered to be an average of weather conditions over a long period of time, along with understanding the variability of climate and its extreme events. Climate studies include land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, as well as the role of the sun and astronomical forces. Weather and climate prediction are important skills used in the agricultural, tourism, disaster management, resource management, communication and renewable energy industries.

Areas of study

  • Atmospheric science
  • Extreme weather
  • Climate and climate change
  • Computer science and technology
  • Physical and human geography
  • Energy and environmental sciences

Career options

  • Broadcast Meteorologist
  • Forensic Meteorologist
  • Research Meteorologist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Emergency Manager
  • Renewable Energy Scientist
  • Environmental Consultant

Graduate Programs

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Climatology
  • Meteorology
  • Geography
  • Environmental Science
  • Public Policy
  • Disaster Science and Management

What’s special about this program?

The University of Delaware has a solid tradition of climate research with strong connections between weather and various sectors of society such as renewable energy, disaster management and agriculture. The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is home to the Office of the Delaware State Climatologist, Delaware Environmental Observing System, and the Delaware Environmental Monitoring and Analysis Center, providing students immediate access to climate and weather experts and resources. We also have strong, established partnerships with the National Weather Service, broadcast agencies and national climate centers. Graduates of our program satisfy the US Government’s requirements, which define “meteorologist” for the purposes of federal employment.

Get involved


The Meteorology and Climatology degree program is housed within UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and students in the major are among peers who are passionate about environmental processes and societal impact. In addition to University-wide opportunities, CEOE students often get involved with:


CEOE’s Living Learning Community



DENIN Ambassadors

Study abroad programs

Extracurricular environmental field trips

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Faculty-sponsored research

Coast Day

Earth Week

Students for the Environment

Sample curriculum



General Chemistry

Seminar in Composition






Meteorology Laboratory 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus A




Analytic Geometry and Calculus B




Fundamentals of Physics



First Year Experience

University Breadth Courses



Language or Computer Science Courses



Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis



Physical Meteorology



Analytic Geometry and Calculus B



Fundamentals of Physics II



Meteorology and Climatology Field Methods Courses



University Breadth and/or Language Courses



Meteorology and Climatology Elective Courses


  Discovery Learning Experience

Atmospheric Physics and Thermodynamics



Ordinary Differential Equations



Elective Courses



Meteorology and Climatology Elective Course


  University Multicultural Courses

Atmospheric Dynamics I



Seminar in Climatology



Meteorological Analysis I



Meteorological Analysis II



Meteorology and Climatology Elective Courses


  Elective Courses