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Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Purdue University in West Lafayette

Applied meteorologists apply weather and climate information to problems facing agriculture and commerce.

Students acquire the skills and tools necessary to improve the health, safety, and productivity of today's world. 

The option involves extensive coursework in meteorology, physics, and mathematics, as well as first-hand experience in applying basic concepts to real world situations. Internship programs are available with private industry, the National Weather Service, or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition there are regular opportunities to work in University laboratories and the State Climate Office. 

Plan of Study

Applied Meteorology and Climatology, BS
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Transfer to Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Purdue admits to individual majors. Transfer students must meet Purdue's overall transfer criteria, as well as any major-specific requirements. Before you apply, check the closed programs page to confirm this major is open to transfer students. If it is, refer to the information below for major-specific transfer criteria.

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Contact Information

(765) 494-4773

College of Agriculture

Careers in Applied Meteorology and Climatology

Many graduates pursue careers with the National Weather Service, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, the Environmental Research Laboratories, and the Department of Defense.

Graduates also pursue careers with private meteorological or environmental consulting firms that provide weather information and apply atmospheric sciences to air pollution control, energy distribution, marketing, transportation, weather modification, and agriculture.

Graduates also work for insurance and commodities industries that employ meteorologists who are educated in statistics, agriculture, and world climates.

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