Meteorology Major

Study how the atmosphere influences the way weather impacts the rest of the environment.

You will study the atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions and processes. Take a mix of traditional classes and hands-on research. Discover diverse career opportunities. Explore fields like business, environmental science, law and more.

Why study meteorology at the College of Charleston?

Create your own academic path. You may want to focus on the basics of weather analysis and forecasting. You may also choose to focus on understanding the science of climate change and the interdisciplinary nature of modern atmospheric research. This is one of a few programs of its kind available to undergraduates. Partner with our approachable faculty to discover what interests you.

What will I learn?

You'll develop a strong foundation in physics, mathematics and atmospheric science. You'll also gain essential computer skills. Understand the science of climate change and severe convective weather. Study the science of weather analysis and forecasting. Learn how to communicate meteorological information to the public.

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Program Highlights

This is the first bachelor’s degree in meteorology offered in the state of South Carolina. You may pursue fields like environmental science, business, education, law, teaching and others. Our program is well-suited for double majors, teachers and more. We exceed all recommended guidelines for American Meteorological Society (AMS) and National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Hands-On Learning

    You'll take a mix of traditional classes paired with hands-on research. We have a low student-to-faculty ratio so you will get individual attention. There is a wide variety of opportunities for you to broaden your interests based on the research interests of our faculty.

  • Professional Development

    While you work on your major, you can earn certificates in Broadcast Meteorology and Consulting Meteorology. Join the College's chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). You'll connect with those interested in weather and climate sciences. Take part in chapter meetings, field trips and networking opportunities.

Careers & Outcomes

Our majors have gone on to work in numerous traditional and non-traditional fields in meteorology.

  • Marine and polar forecasters
  • Mesonet systems meteorologist
  • Weekend broadcast meteorologist
  • Environmental lab technician
  • Hurricane forecaster
  • Hydrographic surveyer
  • Meteorological suppor technician
  • Air quality inspector and specialists
  • Research associate scientist

About the Minor

A minor in meteorology complements majors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and other fields. It may be useful if you are planning a career in fields like:

  • public policy.
  • aviation.
  • environmental consulting.
  • economic planning.
  • risk management.

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