BS Geography (Meteorology-Climatology)


Do you get excited when storms build up on the horizon? Are you intrigued by weather phenomena and how they happen? This technical program helps you better understand everything from local storms to climate change and prepares you for an impactful career as a meteorologist or climatologist.

Program Description

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.


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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 program math intensity substantial




Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Concurrent degree admission requirements:

Freshman applicants must meet all of the following standards:

  1. minimum ABOR GPA of 3.75
  2. no English competency deficiencies
  3. 1040 SAT Reasoning or 22 ACT score

Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 from a transfer institution.

Transfer Options

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:


Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.



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Career Outlook

Students successfully completing the program have found employment with:

  • airlines
  • 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.

Example Careers

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:

Climate Change Analyst


  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Data Scientist


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Analyst


  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: $64,020
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Compliance Inspector


  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $71,100
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Restoration Planner


  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Geographic Information Systems Technician (GIS Technician)


  • Growth: 5.7%
  • Median Salary*: $92,870
  Bright Outlook

Geology Professor


  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: $94,520

Hydrologist


  • Growth: 5.3%
  • Median Salary*: $84,040
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Meteorologist


  • Growth: 6.4%
  • Median Salary*: $99,740
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Wind Energy Operations Manager


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*:
Green Occupation

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).



Global Opportunities

Global Experience

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





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