Undergraduate Program in Meteorology
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Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science
Department of Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (formerly Cook College)
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Click here for picture of 2015 graduates with the faculty (photos by Matt Drews)

2014 - The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Rutgers University Meteorology Program.

Can you believe it?  The Rutgers Meteorology Program began 50 years ago, in 1964.  Formerly a separate department, the Meteorology Undergraduate Program is now housed in the Department of Environmental Sciences.  In celebration of our Golden Anniversary, we planned two events in 2014, a dinner at the annual American Meteorological Society meeting in Atlanta on February 3, 2014, and a special gathering on Ag Field Day, April 26, 2014.

Click here for pictures from the AMS meeting dinner and our group after the AMS banquet and from the Ag Field Day reception, thanks to Matt Drews.

Open House ...

We had an Open House on Friday, October 3, 2014.  Click here to view the presentation, with a summary of our program, a virtual tour, extracurricular activities, and information about employment afterwards.

Meteorology is the study of weather and climate, of the characteristics, structure, and processes of the atmosphere.  Students learn how to forecast the weather and how to understand climate change.  The emphasis of the Bachelor of Science degree program is on developing a broad understanding of the fundamental physical and dynamic processes governing the motions and behavior of the atmosphere, and its interactions with the underlying land and ocean surfaces.  Basic courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics are the prerequisite foundation on which the meteorology program is built.  Students who wish to pursue an undergraduate meteorology degree should have a strong high school or equivalent background in mathematics and the sciences prior to enrollment.  This program meets all the U.S. federal government civil service requirements for classification as a meteorologist and the American Meteorological Society recommendations for undergraduate meteorology programs.

We are pleased to announce the establishment of a WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community starting Fall, 2009.   Located in Perry Hall, the closest dormitory to our Environmental Sciences Building, on the Cook Campus, a pastoral paradise, the WeatherWatcher Living-Learning Community offers special benefits to its student residents interested in the weather and climate, who want to learn about broadcast communications. Community members have the opportunity to work and learn in the field while living with students who share common interests.  A professional television studio, located right on the floor, facilitates the production of thrice-daily weather forecasts airing on the Rutgers University Television Network.  In 2014, WeatherWatcher, the Meteorology Club, and Mike Lee all won Scarlet Awards for Outstanding Use of Technology, Outstanding Educational/Academic Program, and Treasurer of the Year, respectively.  For more information, click here.

During the summer of 2012, Steve Decker took 15 Rutgers students on a two-week 3-credit course “Severe Weather Field Trip.” Read about the story here and here.  And read about the 2014 trip here.  Watch the video from the 2012 trip:

Past graduates of the program have found employment in weather forecasting organizations (government and private), academic/research institutions, private consulting firms, the media, and industry.  Graduates seeking advanced degrees have gone on to study at a variety of institutions, including many of the leading research universities.  A survey of students graduated over the last decade indicates that nearly all students who wanted to do so found positions working in atmospheric science-related fields or have attended graduate school for an advanced degree.  One of our 2003 graduates, Dylan Dreyer, is now doing the weekend weather on the Today Show and the weekday weather on MSNBC's Morning Joe.  Read the story here about Dylan's return to Rutgers on November 8, 2013 to share her experiences.


Among our many graduates with television careers, here are a few other examples.  2011 graduate Kelly Ann Cicalese, was awarded Best Weather Broadcaster in the state of Wyoming in June, 2013, and is now at WSAZ in West Virginia 2012 graduate Alyssa Caroprese, works as a broadcast meteorologist at KDRV in Medford, Oregon2006 graduate Lauren Casey does the weather at WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

The faculty aids graduating seniors in finding jobs or in graduate school admission.  The program keeps a data base of companies that have hired its students so that future graduates can use it to aid in their search.  A November 8, 2011 report on employment rates of graduates reports that Meteorology majors are in the top ten in the United States, with an unemployment rate of only 1.6%.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook reports that the 2010 median income of Meteorology graduates was $87,780 per year.  Do well and you will get a job.

It's never too late to become a meteorologist.  Read New York Times article about returning to school to study weather and climate.

Our faculty conduct state-of-the-art research creating new knowledge in weather and climate.  This offers students opportunities to participate in research projects as undergraduates.  We also operate the Graduate Program in Atmospheric Science, which has been ranked by the Chronicle of Higher Education as 5th in the nation in scholarly productivity.  In addition, eight members of the Rutgers faculty participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December, 2007.

Office, classroom, and laboratory facilities are located in the Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences Building on the Cook College campus.  We operate a state-of-the-art weather station in the nearby Rutgers Gardens.  Click here for the latest weather observations.

The Rutgers Undergraduate Meteorology Program is offered on the Cook College campus and is administered in the Department of Environmental SciencesThe Cook Campus was recently described in a Daily Targum article as a pastoral paradise.

A combination of several factors makes the study of Meteorology at Rutgers unique and highly rewarding:

Specific questions may be directed to the Meteorology Undergraduate Program Director:     

Dr. Steven G. Decker
Department of Environmental Sciences
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers University
14 College Farm Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551

Phone: 848-932-5750
Email: meteorology@rutgers.edu

Prepared by Alan Robock  - Last updated on July 12, 2015