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Overview: Meteorology is more than just the study of weather; it includes all the characteristics, structure and processes of the atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry are applied to discover what makes our atmosphere work. Mathematical equations and techniques are used to predict weather based on present conditions.
Recently, meteorology has become increasingly vital to humankind's concerns. Ozone depletion and global warming have been identified as threats to our existence on earth. Meteorologists are on the front lines of the battle to learn more about and model these phenomena.
Curriculum: The Bachelor of Arts degree emphasis is on an integration of studies in meteorology as a major with other disciplines such as communication and computer sciences. The Bachelor of Science emphasis is on professional recognition, admission into graduate schools and employment with the National Weather Service. Most of our students pursue this degree. The American Meteorological Society readily accepts B.S. degree holders as members.
Faculty: The faculty in meteorology bring innovative, new ways of thinking to the classroom and are renowned scholars in the field.
Internships: Students in the Meteorology program at Saint Louis University can take advantage of a unique opportunity, in that the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office is located fairly close to the University. Classes take field trips to the office to see the Doppler radar imagery of storms.
There are four commercial TV stations in the St. Louis area that regularly feature weather reports. Internships are also available with these stations. You can earn six hours of credit toward your degree through an internship, which is usually nonpaying.
Careers: Students can work for the National Weather Service, television stations, go on to teach in universities, and much more.