Meteorology Students

About the Program

Meteorology, the science of the atmosphere, is more than just weather prediction. Meteorology majors also study climatic change, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, and atmospheric pollution.

Oneonta is one of five SUNY schools that offer an undergraduate degree program in meteorology or atmospheric science. College facilities and resources include a Linux computing lab, digital planetarium, weather cam, rooftop weather observatory and weather records dating back to the early 1900s.


Meteorology majors put their classroom learning into practice through internships at cooperating National Weather Service offices, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, and private forecasting and consulting companies. In this program, students earn academic credit while receiving practical, on-site experience in professional meteorology.

The college has an active Meteorology Club, which organizes trips to Weather Service offices, commercial television studios and weather conferences; and holds forecasting contests.


Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department

Dustin Pennington
I transferred to SUNY Oneonta because it was one of the few schools in New York with a meteorology program. I transferred from a bigger campus, but here the professors were very focused on the undergraduate students and there’s great opportunity for research and presentation, which is very uncommon – across the nation – at the undergraduate level.
Matthew Beitscher
I remember my first week here I’d wake up early – this is the weather nerd that I am – and I’d go up and sit by the Old Main pillars to watch the fog lift in the valley. Downstate, we don’t get fog like that and, if we do, we can’t see it. It’s really, really cool.