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Meteorology

Degree Overview

The Meteorology degree program is designed for students who wish to receive a comprehensive education for the purpose of research into the dynamics of the Earth's atmosphere, weather analysis, and weather forecasting. This science includes a study of the impact of air pollution on people and the environment, the threat of changing climate due to global warming, severe weather, and world climates.

Faculty

William F. Thomann, University of Texas at El Paso, Doctorate in Geological Sciences,
Professor
Mr. Alejandro V. Garcia, Texas A&I University - B.A. Degree, University of Houston –
Victoria M.E. Degree, Mississippi State University – Certification in Broadcast
Meteorology, Senior Lecturer
Mr. Larry Peabody, Texas A&M University - B.S. Degree, Lecturer
Mr. Larry H. Eblen, Texas A&M University – B.S. Degree, Lecturer

Career Opportunities

Meteorology is an interdisciplinary program which prepares students for entering a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate programs in weather modeling and forecasting, air pollution studies, broadcast meteorology, hydrology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in meteorology, and education. Government, industry, and private research groups may also provide entry level positions for meteorologists.

A student graduating from the Meteorology program may find employment with the National Weather Service as an applied or operational meteorologist. The military may provide opportunities with forecasting centers that include flight and airborne operations, ground support for the army, and naval meteorology. There are a number of private-sector companies that provide weather service to ocean shipping firms and port operators, electric and gas utilities, farmers, ranchers, and highway departments. Employment with research laboratories includes studies in global climate change including remote sensing and GIS applications. A high-profile career in meteorology includes media weathercasting for television, radio, and newspapers. Related careers in meteorology include marketing and sales of meteorological equipment made by companies involved in the design and manufacture of weather instruments.

Curriculum

The Bachelor's degree program in Meteorology provides a comprehensive liberal arts education with a unique core curriculum connected with a broad-based and in-depth education in the atmospheric sciences. The Meteorology program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Mathematics for students who seek professional careers as applied or operational meteorologists, or who plan to earn advanced degrees in meteorology. A student can also pursue a career in weathercasting on TV and radio but the Broadcast Meteorology degree program is recommended for those seeking careers in television, radio, and journalism.

Course Work in the Sciences and Mathematics

Meteorology: Introductory and Upper-division Courses
Physics I and II and Labs
Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
Oceanography, Climatology, Natural Hazards
Minor in Mathematics (21 hours)

Total hours for degree: 132

Contact

Dr. William F. Thomann
Environmental Science, Meteorology, and Geology
School of Mathematics, Science & Engineering
University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, CPO #311
San Antonio, TX 78209
Telephone: 210/829-3972
Fax: 210/829-3153

E-mail: williamt@uiwtx.edu


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