Meteorology

Meteorology Students

About the Program

At SUNY Oneonta, meteorology majors do a lot more than weather prediction! We have incredible undergraduate research opportunities, a variety of climate courses, and small class sizes, so students get to know each other. You'll get lots of one-on-one time with faculty and meet students who are at different stages in their degree and can show you the ropes.

You'll learn skills for working and competing in the atmospheric science field: understanding severe weather complexity, the math behind weather models, remote sensing, climate change, synoptic forecasting and more. Outside of class, you'll have the chance to collaborate with professors on individual or group projects that pique your interest. Examples of student research topics include unusual-tracking tornadoes, hurricane track changes related to global warming, building snowstorm climatologies for the Northeast, and even how weather impacts baseball game delays/cancellations.

All majors graduate with transcripts that meet the current American Meteorological Society (AMS) General Schedule Qualification standards for federal government positions in meteorology, for AMS and National Weather Association seals, and the coursework requirements for broadcast meteorology certification.

Facilities

  • Linux computing lab
  • student laptop lab with programming/GIS capabilities
  • weather balloon/radiosonde sounding system (students learn how to launch on the roof)
  • indoor sky and cloud observing room known as the Skylab
  • student-led daily online and TV forecasting opportunities
  •  large green screen wall with TV equipment
  • dedicated lab room for meteorology classes
  •  rooftop weather station with a rare dataset of daily observations dating back to 1981

Opportunities

While in school, Oneonta students get their research published in professional journals, receive national scholarships, land Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities, and travel to conferences across the country to present their findings. Our meteorology students get internships at National Weather Service (NWS) offices, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, private forecasting and consulting companies, and TV stations, among other professional venues.

After the B.S. degree, students go on to our nation’s top graduate schools, get jobs in government agencies, or work with private forecasting companies and TV stations. Our students have forecasted for the Air Force and joined weather app computing companies. One of our alumni runs NCEP, the parent agency of the NWS!

We also have an active Meteorology Club through which students organize trips, invite speakers to campus and enjoy fun activities (think Sharknado movie night!)

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Contact

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department
607-436-3707


Accolades

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SUNY Oneonta’s meteorology program is ranked No. 12 in the country on the Affordable Schools list of  “50 Best Affordable Bachelor’s in Meteorology 2020."


Profiles

Bill Karins
Alumni
Twenty-five years ago, SUNY Oneonta alumnus Bill Karins made his first television appearance on the college’s weekly, student-run “Red Dragon News” program. Today, you can see him in action any day of the week by turning the channel to NBC News, MSNBC or NBC News Now, where you’ll find him reporting on the nation’s weather as the chief meteorologist for MSNBC.
Matthew Beitscher
Students
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.
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