The Meteorology Program
Meteorology at the College at Oneonta is part of the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department. A course of study leading to the bachelor's degree is taught by three professors with complementary interests and experience in meteorology. Our program is one of only 4 in SUNY that offers a degree in meteorology or atmospheric science.
Meteorology, the science of the atmosphere, is more than just weather prediction. You may also study climatic change, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, or atmospheric pollution. These are only some of the challenges offered to you when you join this exciting field of science. At the government and private levels, a growing awareness of environmental problems and concerns is creating ever increasing opportunities for graduates with atmospheric expertise.
Oneonta's meteorology facilities are located in the Science I Building. Consistent with the college-wide emphasis on technology, our Linux computing lab allows computing to he integrated into many of our courses. Weather records dating back to the early 1900s are stored in the lab, as well as in the James M. Milne Library, a National Repository. A planetarium and rooftop weather observatory are also part of our facilities.
Special Opportunities for Study
The internship program in the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department provides you the opportunity to be a meteorological intern at cooperating Weather Service Offices, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, or private forecasting and consulting companies. In this program, academic credit is earned while receiving practical, on-site experience in professional meteorology.
Extracurricular activities are coordinated through the Meteorology Club. Through the Meteorology Club, you can take trips to Weather Service Offices, commercial television studios, and weather conferences. Forecasting contests are also part of the club's activities. Meteorology Club members maintain the forecasting website, http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/wxclub/FcstCtrAdmin/default.html.
Our meteorology graduates are employed in various weather-related fields. Most of our graduates are working in meteorology or a closely-related science, such as hydrology. Here are some of the possibilities: NOAA, National Weather Service, NASA, the U. S. Air Force, public utilities like Consolidated Edison, college teaching, high school teaching, and private forecasting companies. A small number of our graduates are actively broadcasting weather at commercial television stations.
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