The School of Meteorology

  • Is rated among the top five atmospheric science programs in the country in terms of research funding received from the National Science Foundation.
  • Addresses weather and climate research topics from the tropics to the poles, studying issues that are critical to society, the economy and environment across the state, the nation and the world.2015 Ariel Cohen's Class
  • Was named in our external review as the world’s top program in severe weather research and related observations.
  • Offers a supportive student environment with a student-run Help Desk for tutoring in our classes and provides faculty advisors for beginning in their sophomore year.
  • Has approximately 250 undergraduate and 85 graduate students, making the School the largest meteorology program in the nation.
  • Creates a vibrant student experience through active organizations, such as student chapters of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, OWL (Oklahoma Weather Lab) and the SAC (Student Affairs Committee).
  • Benefits from vibrant international exchange programs for undergraduates with the University of Reading in England, Monash University in Australia and the University of Hamburg in Germany. Graduate exchanges are also possible with the University of Kyoto in Japan and Nanjing University in China.


Great students make a great program. The School of Meteorology has an outstanding student body that…

In 2016 had:

    • Five of our undergraduates were awarded Prestigious NOAA Hollings Scholarships, the most of any program in the nation.
    • img_3256A senior received one of three prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships that were awarded nationally to seniors and 1st year graduate students in physical and dynamic meteorology.
    • One of our graduate students received a NASA Earth and Space Science Graduate Fellowship to work on hurricane circulations.
    • Our students received both the Outstanding Senior and Junior Awards in our College.
    • Numerous undergraduates and graduates receive awards for Outstanding Oral and Posters Presentation at national conferences. Nearly all are seniors are sent to professional conferences.
    • Four seniors make the President’s Letzeiser Honor List, which was awarded to only 26 students in the entire University.
    • Three seniors graduate as members of Phi Beta Kappa.
    • Nearly 45% of our seniors graduated with honors ranging from Distinction to Summa cum Laude and nine students graduated with doctoral degrees.
    • Seniors graduate with a Minors that spanned Aerospace Studies, Broadcast Journalism, Computer Science, Economics, General Business, History, Hydrological Science, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish. 78% of students had minors in Mathematics.
  • In 2015 had:
    • Our students received 7 of the 23 Named Undergraduate Scholarships of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The next closest University had only 2!
    • An undergraduate was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship and another received an Honorable Mentionimg_3241. This national award is for students interested in research careers in science, engineering and mathematics.
    • A graduate student received a Blue Water Fellowship for computationally intensive research joining students working across the nation in genetics, weather, climate, engineering, microbiology and quantum physics.
    • A graduate student received a Marshall-Sherfield Postgraduate Fellowship, the 1st ever in the atmospheric sciences. Typically only one of these Fellowships is awarded each year.
  • Approximately 35-40% of our students go on to graduate schools across the nation. 85-90% of B.S. graduates reported back to us that they had either employment or attending graduate school within months of graduation.


Storm Chasing Policy

  • The University of Oklahoma’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences does not condone or encourage storm chasing by students. Anyone who chooses to chase storms does so at their own risk and should not imply that their activities are connected with the University. The only possible exception is when students are officially included in storm intercept activities conducted as part of well-planned and safety-trained scientific projects lead by faculty or scientists in the National Weather Center research units. Storm chasing is not part of the School of Meteorology course curriculum nor should such activities take precedence over the academic activities of the School such as coursework and attending classes and seminars.