If you’re considering a career where knowledge of operational meteorology and climatology would be a good addition to your skill set, then our meteorological studies major is a good choice for you.
This program is a common double major for students also enrolled in:
What You Will Learn
- weather forecasting – In addition to lecture and class exercises, you can participate in national forecasting competition WxChallenge and our client-based forecasting service METC 426.
- geographic information systems (GIS) and related technology – This technology is growing rapidly in popularity and is common in meteorology. This includes satellite and radar analysis, remote sensing, and cartography.
- quantitative data analysis – You’ll gain experience with statistics and mathematical analysis.
- teamwork – You’ll learn how to work effectively with others through collaborative class projects.
What It’s Like to Major in Meteorological Studies at Ball State
If you’ve always been fascinated by the work of storm chasers, our storm chasing class gives you practical and on-site experience in this exciting aspect of meteorology.
During the summer, you spend four days in class and about 18 days in the Great Plains chasing storms. On your chase day, you will have a morning meeting with your classmates to determine your destination. As the class progresses, your teacher becomes more like an advisor and chauffeur as your team of students leads the way.
Doing research early in your college career is what will set you apart from the competition. We encourage all our students to engage in research as soon as possible. Whether it’s working on an in-class project such as mapmaking or monitoring storms or helping professors with their research, you will get lots of hands-on experience here.
Some projects undergraduate students have been involved in include:
- Midwestern drought causes and impacts
- how society copes with hazardous weather events (such as ice storms)
- client-based forecasting
- curriculum development and methods of learning
Our Meteorology and Climatology Lab is the focal point for the analysis of real-time meteorological and climatological data. Four televisions run different weather broadcasts to keep you up to date. And we have an archive of local weather records dating back to 1932.
Our program is big enough for you to get what you need but small enough for you to get to know your faculty and fellow students.
Our faculty members teach all of our classes themselves, not graduate assistants.
Completing our program will earn you a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in geography with a concentration in meteorological studies.
This program consists of 51-54 credits in meteorological studies, with a selection of immersive coursework in weather forecasting, Geographic Information Science (GIS), storm chasing, and more.
Total to graduate: 120
- Core Major Courses: 15
- Concentration Course: 36-39
- University Core Courses: 66-69
A few of the classes you will take include:
- METC 332 Climate Change and Modification
- METC 334 Atmospheric Hazards
- METC 410 Broadcast Meteorology
- METC 426 Client-based Forecasting
- METC 490 Field Observation of Severe Local Storms
For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.
What Can You Do with a Degree in Meteorological Studies?
A degree in meteorological studies lends itself to jobs where understanding current and impending weather conditions affect your work.
This major, sometimes in combination with a second major or concentration, can lead to careers in areas like:
Paying for Your Education
Apply to Ball State
Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.
One of the best ways to understand why Ball State stands out is to come see it for yourself. You can schedule a visit through our Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Make sure to tell them you’re interested in our program. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.