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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 and Spatial Sciences


Understand Our Changing Climate

As a meteorology and climatology major, you will learn how to answer questions about weather and climate that are increasingly relevant and important to all of us. 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?  

You will receive training in meteorology, the science of the atmosphere, that will help you understand and address events is felt throughout various sectors of society—droughts resulting in water shortages, crop damage and increased wildfire potential, or water surpluses causing flooding. You will also study the 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. Your studies in this area  will include land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, as well as the role of the sun and astronomical forces. The skills you develop in 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
  • Climate modeling
  • 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?

You will be joining a program with a solid tradition of climate research with strong connections between weather and various sectors of society such as renewable energy, disaster management and agriculture. You will have immediate access to climate and weather experts and resources through the Office of the Delaware State Climatologist and the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Analysis, both based at the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences along with the major. You will also benefit from strong, established partnerships with the National Weather Service, broadcast agencies and national climate centers. As a graduate of our program, you will satisfy the US Government’s requirements, which define “meteorologist” for the purposes of federal employment.

Get involved

All students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips, and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment. You may be particularly interested in the UD chapter of American Meteorological Society, which you can follow on Instagram @bluehenweather.

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

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