Meteorology is a discipline in the sciences devoted to increasing our understanding of the atmosphere and the development of methods for applying that knowledge to practical problems. Although this field is usually associated with weather prediction and broadcasting, it also has significant ties to environmental, agricultural, oceanic, and hydrological sciences. For students wishing to pursue many of these areas, a degree in meteorology from UNC Charlotte is the path for you!
A degree in meteorology from UNC Charlotte will combine a foundation of courses in mathematics, chemistry, physics and earth science, with a core of meteorology courses in applied and theoretical topics and a choice of elective courses offering specialized training. Students graduate with the skills and experience they need for professional employment within industry, private consulting firms, television, government, and the armed forces or for further study toward graduate degrees.
Extracurricular experiences are important components of the meteorology program at UNC Charlotte. Our students hold internships at local TV stations and local NWS offices, are also involved in atmospheric research and field work in the subjects of air quality, computer weather modeling, and tropical storm forecasting. In addition, students at UNC Charlotte participate in the WxCHALLENGE national collegiate forecasting contest, biweekly forecasts for the Niner newspaper, forecasting for UNC Charlotte sports teams, and opportunities to go on field trips and to attend national conferences. Also available to students is participation in the STudent ORganization of Meteorology (STORM), an official student chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), which is aimed to help students network with meteorology professionals in the surrounding area and around the country.
If you are interested Meteorology, please email our Meteorology Undergraduate Coordinator Terry Shirley.
Declare Meteorology as your major! Go to the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences main office in 324McEniry to fill out the change of major form. It's easy and it will automatically match you up with an advisor from our department who can help you make decisions about your future.