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Have you always been fascinated by the weather? Do thunderstorms get your heart pumping? Do snow storms make you giddy? Then meteorology might be for you!
Meteorology is the science of weather, climate and the atmosphere and involves the study of physics, chemistry and math along with Meteorology courses, labs and field experiences.
Your studies of the atmosphere don’t stop in class. You will also have the chance to develop professional Meteorology skills by working in MSU Denver’s meteorology computer laboratory, competing in the national forecasting contest, completing a senior research project, taking part in internships and engaging in fieldwork observing severe weather.
By combining academic and career-related skills, our Meteorology program will prepare you for Meteorology careers as well as for future graduate study.
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences delivers the academic content you expect from a bachelor’s degree program while also bringing to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and our meteorology community.
MSU Denver is a full member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and our students have the advantage of the following opportunities:
The MSU Denver Meteorology Computer Laboratory is a state-of-the-art computer lab with a giant 11-monitor weather wall that displays the current weather and forecasts using the same software as the National Weather Service. Each student computer stations has a dual-monitor system for the viewing of multiple layers and variables at one time.
Located on Colorado’s high plains, the MSU Denver campus offers you the opportunity to observe the state’s extreme weather patterns first-hand. We are also located in close proximity to some of the largest concentrations of atmospheric scientists in the world at national labs such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service (NWS), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). This gives you the opportunity to begin working with world-renowned professionals through internships, part-time jobs and summer experiences.
Here are some job titles you might qualify for with a degree in Meteorology:
Sam Ng, Ph.D.
Professor Sam Ng teaches a fieldwork course called Observations of Severe Weather and is an expert on weather forecasting, winter weather, convective storms and Mesoscale meteorology.
Keah Schuenemann, Ph.D.
Professor Keah Schuenemann teaches about the fluid dynamics of the atmosphere, large scale weather systems like mid-latitude cyclones, and climate change. Her climate research includes the large-scale weather pattern climatology of Greenland and changing weather patterns due to a warming climate.
Rich Wagner, Ph.D.
Professor Rich Wagner is a MSU Denver President’s Award-winner and has been deeply involved in MSU Denver life and in promoting Meteorology to students who lack access or are unfamiliar with opportunities in the field. He is active in the community promoting sustainability and K-12 science education.
MSU Denver's Meteorology program was a life changing experience for me. I took a chance and pursued this degree as a second Bachelor's while in my mid 20's, and I sure am glad I went for it. Thanks to the guidance from the professors, I learned more than I ever could have imagined on the subject. I was fortunate enough to work part time for a private weather forecasting company while I was a student. It eventually led to a full-time job with them and due to the remote nature of the job, I relocated to Jackson, WY to live in the mountains.
Studying meteorology at MSU honed my curiosity for the atmosphere. The comprehensive knowledge given to me created an opportunity for me to explore ANY career in meteorology. I chose to pursue broadcasting and really enjoy sharing my weather passion with the general public.
I already knew when I started at MSU Denver that I wanted to be a meteorologist, however, growing up I always thought that meant presenting the weather for a television audience. After a brief stint in the private sector I was able to land my dream job, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service. One of the greatest things about the meteorology program at MSU Denver is how supportive the faculty and classmates are. This program is truly geared towards the success of the students and without the mentoring from the professors I would have never found my career path.
Dr. Ng motivated me to stay focused on my school work, even when there were tornadoes to be chased. Look at me now!
I was only at MSU Denver for two years to get a 2nd Bachelor's, but the short time with the professors in the meteorology program helped prepare me for grad school and the experience I gained with instruments currently help me as I'm the meteorologist for Los Alamos National Laboratory
MSU Denver’s Meteorology program was an important part of my success. Access to a variety of classes and internship opportunities meant I was able to explore multiple elements of a very diverse field of study. Because of this, I was able to find my interest in instrumentation and pursue it! I now work for the State of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division as a field meteorologist. I am charged with maintaining their network of meteorological instrumentation and validating the data for submission to the EPA’s national air quality database.
At MSU Denver, the Meteorology program sparked my interest for the statistics of weather, climatology, and how the modern change in climate will impact Earth and its inhabitants. The Meteorology professors guided me to graduate school where I completed a M.S. and Ph.D. program at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. I enjoyed my time at MSU Denver so much that I invited Dr. Keah Schuenemann to be part of my graduate committee where she continues to help me grow as a climate scientist.
The meteorology program at MSU Denver instilled a passion for the weather and a penchant for research that inspired my career path. Through classes and the interaction, encouragement, and high expectations of the professors, I developed the skills needed to succeed in graduate school at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where I am pursuing a PhD. My current research includes measuring precipitation and cloud microphysical properties using satellite data.
The meteorology program at MSU Denver helped me further explore and develop my passion for atmospheric science. The faculty in the program genuinely care about the well-being and success of their students. The classes that I took in the meteorology department helped me apply my theoretical knowledge to become a better forecaster. Through job listings within the department, I was able to land a job at MeteoStar, where I worked for two years before moving to Norman, Oklahoma to work towards my PhD in meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.
Working through earning a BS degree in Meteorology from MSU Denver not only helped to satisfy my deep curiosity about the world around me, it also simultaneously allowed me to land a student assistant job at NCAR. These things together opened many doors, prepared me for grad school in atmospheric science, and launched my incredibly rewarding career focused on education of others in weather ocean, and climate science.
The MSU Denver Meteorology program conforms to the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Service recommendations for an undergraduate degree in Meteorology. MSU Denver is also a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.
MSU Denver’s Meteorology program was among the first in the country to upgrade its computer lab giving students access to the state-of-the-art software used at the National Weather Service.
MSU Denver Meteorology grads have served as:
Meteorology graduates have pursued graduate degrees at the following schools:
The Meteorology degree program at MSU Denver is part of the University’s overall accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission and conforms to the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and National Weather Service recommendations for an undergraduate Meteorology degree.
Contact the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Email: [email protected]
Science Building Room 2028
(Near the northwest corner of the building on the second floor)
Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Campus Box 90
P.O. Box 173362
Denver CO 80217-3362