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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

Semester-in-Residence

EnvironMentors

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

CHEM103 

 

General Chemistry
ENGL110

Seminar in Composition

 

GEOG220 

 

Meteorology

GEOG221 

Meteorology Laboratory 
MATH241 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus A

 

MATH242 

 

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

PHYS207 

 

Fundamentals of Physics

UNIV101 

 

First Year Experience
 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Language or Computer Science Courses

 

GEOG271

Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis

 

GEOG421

Physical Meteorology

 

MATH243

Analytic Geometry and Calculus B

 

PHYS208 

Fundamentals of Physics II

 

 

Meteorology and Climatology Field Methods Courses

 

 

University Breadth and/or Language Courses

 

 

Meteorology and Climatology Elective Courses

 

  Discovery Learning Experience
GEOG420

Atmospheric Physics and Thermodynamics

 

MATH302 

Ordinary Differential Equations

 

 

Elective Courses

 

 

Meteorology and Climatology Elective Course

 

  University Multicultural Courses
GEOG423

Atmospheric Dynamics I

 

GEOG452

Seminar in Climatology

 

GEOG453

Meteorological Analysis I

 

GEOG454

Meteorological Analysis II

 

 

Meteorology and Climatology Elective Courses

 

  Elective Courses