Prescott Campus

Applied Meteorology



The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Meteorology 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. The Applied Meteorology Program requirements exceed the requirements for a meteorology degree recommended by the American Meteorological Society. A minor in Aviation Weather is also offered.

Emphasis is placed on applying theory to operational weather forecasting and decision-making for weather-sensitive industries, including possible hands-on experience as a meteorology intern. Students can choose from four areas of concentration: Research, Meteorology with Flying, Military Meteorologist, and Meteorology for Aviation Operations.

Students utilize a synoptic lab and weather center and a variety of rooftop weather observing equipment. Research activities within the department include studies of mid-latitude cyclones, orographic precipitation, weather radar, severe weather, the southwest monsoon and cirrus clouds. Students study and forecast complex atmospheric phenomena ranging from severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, to cyclones, fronts and jet streams, to global climate and how it is changing. Situated in the northwest region of Arizona, the Prescott campus experiences a full range of seasonal weather for study in applications in flight, space exploration and military applications.

For the "weather nut" who is fascinated by weather patterns, causes, behaviors and the impact of weather systems, Embry-Riddle Prescott offers the most complete exposure and experience in preparation for a career in Applied Meteorology.

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  • Acquire knowledge of weather theory as well as real-world application
  • Modern Weather Center with weather radar and computer graphics, flat-panel LCD TV
  • Ideal conditions for weather study (occasional winter snow and rain, frequent summer thunderstorms with beautiful lightning displays, sunsets, and cloud formations)
  • Meets or exceeds all federal government requirements for the position of meteorologist
  • A weather club and Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
  • High number of graduates obtain flight slots with US Air Force
  • Largest Army and Air Force ROTC detachments in Arizona
  • Highest percentage of females (45%) of any Embry-Riddle degree program
  • Caring faculty who go the extra mile to help you to succeed
  • Opportunities to participate in undergraduate research with meteorology professors
  • Preparation for successful entry into graduate meteorology programs


View requirements for the B.S. in Applied Meteorology degree on the Catalog site.


  • U.S. Air Force Meteorologists or Aviators
  • National Weather Service Meteorologists
  • Weather Researcher
  • Forecaster for major insurance companies


  • Laboratory for Atmospheres
  • Laser Remote Sensing Lab
  • Atmospheric Experiments Laboratory
  • Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory
  • Global Modeling and Assimilation Office
  • Global Change Data Office
  • Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD/Washington, D.C.
  • Atmospheric Science Data Center, Langley, VA
  • Ames Earth Science Project Office at NASA Ames Research Center, CA
  • Space Meteorology Group at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
  • Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NYC, NY

Contractor and private companies supporting NASA Atmospheric Research

  • Lockheed Martin Information Technology
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Raytheon Aerospace Engineering Services
  • S & K Aerospace
  • GeoControl Systems, Inc.
  • MEI Technologies, Inc.
  • ADNET Systems
  • Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
  • Titan Corporation

National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)

  • National Weather Service (NWS)
  • Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Divisions (OAR)
  • National Environmental Satellite Data & Information Service (NESDIS)
  • National Marine and Aviation Operations
  • National Ocean Service (NOS)
  • National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

National Labs - Atmospheric Science Divisions

  • Los Alamos National Lab
  • Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
  • Argonne National Lab
  • Sandia National Lab
  • Oak Ridge National Lab
  • Brookhaven National Lab
  • Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab


Mark Sinclair Dr. Mark Sinclair

Professor and Chair


Originally from New Zealand, Dr. Sinclair has worked as a weather forecaster and a research scientist, including field experience in Antarctica as part of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Program.