Geography (Meteorology-Climatology), BS
The meteorology-climatology concentration under the BS program in geography is designed to meet the requirements for certification as a meteorologist by the National Weather Service. It covers dynamic as well as synoptic meteorology.
Students gain a focused understanding of weather, climate and the various related methods of measurement and instrumentation. Required courses include atmospheric physics, operational weather forecasting, three semesters of calculus and two semesters of calculus-based physics.
In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.
Required Courses (Major Map)
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At a Glance: program details
- Location: Tempe campus
- Additional Program Fee: Yes
- Second Language Requirement: No
- First Required Math Course: MAT 270 - Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
- Math Intensity: Substantial
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
Concurrent degree admission requirements:
Freshman applicants must meet all of the following standards:
- minimum ABOR GPA of 3.75
- no English competency deficiencies
- 1040 SAT Reasoning or 22 ACT score
Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 from a transfer institution.
ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.
ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.
Flexible Degree Options
Accelerated program options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:
Urban and Environmental Planning, MUEP
Want to make an impact? Prepare to enter the workforce, become a leader in the planning profession, and impact your community. Through small classes and real-world projects, this two-year professional degree program equips you to solve complex issues in diverse communities.
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Come discover geographical sciences at ASU. This program offers a unique learning environment that places your focus on location --- the heart of geography, urban planning, climatology and geographic information science. With that foundation, you can tackle some of the most pressing environmental and societal challenges facing our world today.
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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
Students successfully completing the program have found employment with:
- energy power companies
- government agencies
- military (meteorology and pilot training)
- National Weather Service
This program also provides suitable preparation for graduate study in either meteorology or climatology.
Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:
Air Traffic Controller
- Growth: 1.4%
- Median Salary*: $132,250
Climate Change Analyst
- Growth: 6.1%
- Median Salary*: $76,480
- Growth: 4.1%
- Median Salary*: $64,460
Environmental Compliance Inspector
- Growth: 4.6%
- Median Salary*: $71,690
Environmental Restoration Planner
- Growth: 6.1%
- Median Salary*: $76,480
- Growth: 1.5%
- Median Salary*: $85,990
- Growth: 4.4%
- Median Salary*: $83,780
- Growth: -3.3%
- Median Salary*: $55,960
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master's degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.