Meteorology Major, B.S.
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.
Are you interested in Meteorology? Choose from the following programs from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences:
Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver
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:
- Enjoy attending classes on a vibrant and diverse downtown campus.
- Benefit from small classes and individual interaction with faculty.
- Learn from a professional, diverse faculty with real-world experience.
- Access real-time weather data and analysis software in our laboratories.
- Intern with various organizations, and jump-start a successful career.
- Join our active student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
Career Opportunities for Our Graduates
Here are some job titles you might qualify for with a degree in Meteorology:
- Atmospheric scientist
- Broadcast meteorologist
- Meteorology software developer
- Operational forecaster
- Research meteorologist
Hear from our students:
“I decided to become a meteorologist when I was nine. MSU Denver allowed me to get the degree to make my dream come true. Its proximity to NCAR allowed me to work as a student on meaningful research while I pursued my degree. I feel extremely fortunate!”
—Wendy Abshire, Education Program Director, American Meteorological Society
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.
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.
“The level of personal connection that the professors have with students at MSU Denver — not just with their students, but any student in the program, really — provides a personal level of guidance and assistance that you don’t often find at larger universities.”
Cyrena-Marie Arnold, MSU Denver ’05, is director of product services for Weather Analytics. She has also served as director of summit operations at Mount Washington Observatory, worked at the NASA contractor AIRDAT and for a Denver-based air-quality monitoring company.
Alumni at Work
MSU Denver Meteorology grads have served as:
- Director of education programs for the American Meteorological Society
- Forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center
- Snow forecaster for Jackson Hole
- Forecaster for the National Weather Service
- CBS 4 Denver Broadcast Meteorologist
- Aviation Weather Scientist at NCAR
- Cheif Meteorologist at Weather Cloud
- Co-Founder of EndpointAI
- Director at ClimaCell
- Air Quality Scientist at Barr Engineering
- Analytics and Machine Learning Scientist at NCAR
- Atmospheric Scientist at Scintec Corp
- Data Analyst at S&P Global Platts
- Meteorologist at the Global Weather Corporation
- Chief marketing officer at Weather 2020
- Chief meteorologist at Midland Radio Corporation
- Broadcast Meteorologist and Producer at Weather Nation
- Meteorologist, Colorado Department of Transportation
- Air Quality Modeler at BGE, Inc.
- Environmental Consultant at Trinity Consultants
- Meteorologist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Field Meteorologist, Georgia Environmental Protection Division
- Government Contractor (Air Force)
- Educational Programmer at NCAR
- Air Traffic Controller
- Assistant State Climatologist of Colorado
Meteorology graduates have pursued graduate degrees at the following schools:
- Mississippi State University
- St. Louis University
- Texas Tech University
- University of Colorado Boulder
- University of Illinois
- University of North Dakota
- San Jose State University
- University of Maine
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
- Colorado State University
- University of Oklahoma
- Boise State University
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Pennsylvania State University
Our meteorology curriculum adheres to the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Service recommendations for bachelor degrees in Meteorology.
These are just some of the Meteorology courses you will have the opportunity to take:
- Weather and Climate (includes lab)
- Weather Observing Systems
- Physical Meteorology
- Weather Analysis Techniques
- Air Pollution
- Hazardous Weather
- Radar and Satellite Meteorology
Facilities and Resources
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.
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.