About the School of Meteorology

The School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma is the largest such program in the nation, with more than 250 undergraduate students and approximately 95 graduate students. The School offers studies leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Meteorology.
We are proud of our award-winning student body, which boasts a long list of accomplishments. Our students frequently bring home the majority of American Meteorological Society awards (more than four times the next closest university over a four-year period) and win other national awards, such as NOAA Hollings scholarships and NSF/NASA fellowships.

So why come to OU? The student experience and our location are great reasons, not to mention our location in the National Weather Center on the University’s research campus, which benefits students by the close proximity and exposure to the breadth of the atmospheric sciences.  Undergraduates have opportunities to apply for internships and shadowing opportunities with several of these organizations. Our partners within the National Weather Center and on the research campus include:

i) Mission-oriented research with NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and the Department of Interior’s South Central Climate Science Center
ii) Operational forecasters with NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center and the local office of the National Service
iii) The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorology (CIMMS) building research collaboration between NOAA and the university
iv) University Strategic Research organizations, such as the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms and the Advanced Radar Research Center.

To learn about the department’s history, please read about the evolution of the School.

 

Prepare for a Degree in Meteorology

You can begin preparing to earn a degree in Meteorology in a number of ways:

  • Take as many math courses as you can, especially in algebra and calculus. Meteorology majors are required to complete the entire calculus sequence for science majors, as well as Physical Mathematics and a senior-level course in statistics.
  • If your school offers them, take Physics courses as well as courses in Computer Science (in particular, programming). A BS degree requires physics for Science & Engineering Majors, along with physics labs and a course in computer programming.
  • Take chemistry; the introductory chemistry course at OU is much better received by students with some high school preparation.
  • Consider taking AP  or concurrent enrollment courses in order to earn college credit. Studies have shown that students who take AP courses (regardless of the subject area), have much more realistic expectations of the amount of work necessary to succeed in courses at a university.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree through the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences requires two years of high school foreign language (in the same language, with grades of C or better), or two beginning semesters in a foreign language at the college level.
  • Prepare for and take the ACT, SAT, and PSAT exams. Retake these tests if you are unsatisfied with your initial scores.
  • Gradually increase your study time; many students study fewer than four hours per week; expect to study at least 15 hours per week to succeed in the meteorology degree program.

Careers in meteorology include weather forecasting, research in federal laboratories, teaching and research in colleges and universities, consulting for government and private industry, and broadcasting to broad audiences. In general, advanced degrees in meteorology lead to a wider range of employment opportunities. Please visit the School of Meteorology job board for more information.