The Department is comprised of four Ph.D. faculty who teach around 300 students each semester from the Aeronautical Sciences and Applied Meteorology degree programs. The department is housed in a modern academic complex, with access to computer-equipped classrooms, a weather center and rooftop weather observing equipment such as a weather radar and balloon launching facility. The department administers the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology, which provides a practical understanding of the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere and prepares the graduate for a range of meteorologist and weather forecasting positions in government or the private sector. Our Alumni enjoy a broad background in the science of meteorology that helps prepare them for their future careers. Since the program started in 2004, every graduate has found employment in the field or is in graduate school. The Department also offers a very popular Minor in Applied Meteorology. Department faculty are committed to quality teaching and have been recognized by their students as outstanding teachers who have made a difference. Faculty also enjoy interaction with students during Department hikes and Weather Club activities. Research activities within the Department include studies of mid-latitude cyclones, orographic precipitation, weather radar, the southwest monsoon and cirrus clouds, with current and pending grants.