Bachelor of Science in
Applied Meteorology

: Students discussing weather models in the weather lab.

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 positions in government, military, or as researchers or aviation meteorologists in the private sector. Emphasis is placed on applying theory to operational weather forecasting and decision-making for weather-sensitive industries. Students use a state-of-the-art Meteorology Lab and computer-equipped classrooms to understand 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.

Students in the Applied Meteorology degree may choose to pursue an Emergency Response Meteorologist or Aircraft Dispatching certificate. Emergency response meteorologists are in demand by the National Weather Service and other government agencies for incident response operations requiring quick and reliable weather-related decision support for events such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, and hazardous material spills. Certificated aircraft dispatchers are employed by airlines to manage the ground-based tasks vital to successful airline operations, including in-flight monitoring of weather conditions.

This degree meets all the requirements for undergraduate study in meteorology recommended by the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Air Force. All graduates also meet U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for the position of meteorologist.

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Meteorology degree is housed in the Department of Applied Aviation Sciences in the College of Aviation.

Prescott Embry-Riddle Student Camden Plunkett holds WxChallenge awards.

Class and Peers Help Student Take Top Honors in Weather Forecasting Competition

The 2015-16 WxChallenge national competition culminated in April with Embry-Riddle Prescott sophomore Camden Plunkett taking first place in the Freshman/Sophomore university student category and seventh place overall. The Embry-Riddle Prescott team finished 19th overall. Read More.


Applied Meteorology Student Matt Johnson Studies Abroad to Switzerland

Applied Meteorology student Matt Johnson filmed and edited these highlights of his study abroad to Switzerland to study Mountain Meteorology, Introduction to Particle Physics, and the Language, History and Culture of Southern Switzerland. Click to view!

Degree Requirements

Go to our Online Course Catalog to view the complete list of Degree Requirements for this program.

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