About the Program
You see them on the weather channel, researching out in the field and working for government agencies – and you can do any of these things, too! Salisbury University’s meteorology concentration is designed to train students in atmospheric sciences, with a major focus on weather forecasting. When you get a job as an atmospheric scientist, you can answer questions such as:
- Why do some thunderstorms produce tornadoes?
- Why are some summers hotter and drier than others?
- How can numerical weather prediction models be improved?
- How can we improve forecasting flash floods?
- Is there a relationship between global warming and hurricane intensities?
In our program, you learn how to solve real environmental problems through field work, research and other hands-on experiences – an opportunity you won’t get at many other universities. SU’s department also has the largest selection of undergraduate atmospheric science courses in the State of Maryland, and its location on the Eastern Shore provides countless opportunities for students.
Many of our meteorology graduates enjoy careers as successful broadcast meteorologists across the country, including Washington, D.C., and Harrisburg, PA. SU alumni can also be found working as researchers, environmental consultants and at engineering firms throughout the Mid-Atlantic, and even places such as:
- Maryland Department of Environment
- NASA Wallops Flight Facility
- Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANA)
- United States Geologic Survey
Many of our meteorology majors also go on to some of the finest graduate schools in the country, including Johns Hopkins School of Engineering, McGill’s Geography Department, the University of Delaware, University of Maryland and Mississippi State University.
The meteorology concentration is designed for students interested in careers in weather forecasting. For those interested in studying climate change, SU also offers a climatology program.