Undergraduate Meteorology and Climatology

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Meteorology and Climatology

A major in meteorology-climatology opens the door to your future career in the exciting and ever-changing world of weather and climate. The major is comprehensive but flexible so that you can pursue you own interests within the broad field of atmospheric sciences, while meeting the federal government requirements for employment as a meteorologist.

Your core courses will build a solid foundation that combines basic atmospheric science with training in mathematics, computer science and physics. Beyond those, dive deep into elective courses such as Tropical Meteorology, Climate and Society, Broadcast Meteorology, Severe Storms Meteorology and Climatology, and Weather and Climate Impacts.

Academics + Experience = Opportunities

Complement academic preparation with experiential learning, creating more opportunities after graduation. Talk to an academic advisor and a career coach about making the most of your time at Nebraska.


Four-year success plan
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Major requirements and courses


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Transferrable Career Skills

  • Analyze and explain data
  • Use quantitative analysis techniques
  • Use qualitative analysis techniques
  • Define problems and identifying causes
  • Apply mathematical and scientific skills to solve real-world problems
  • Make predictions using mathematical, statistical, and scientific modeling methods
  • Make decisions carefully, using appropriate theoretical frameworks
  • Simplify complex information and present it to others
  • Communicate results of scientific experiments to scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Read, understand, and critically review scientific information


Experience is valuable and goes beyond the classroom. We strive to help you connect your academics with research, internships, education abroad, service learning and leadership experiences in meteorology and climatology, such as:

  • Interning with Channel 8 in Lincoln or as a Research Technician with Planetary Data, Inc.
  • Learn more about internships
  • Serving as president of the local student chapter of the American Meteorological Society
  • Learn more about getting involved in student organizations
  • Volunteering with the local National Weather Service Office
  • Learn more about service learning


With a major in meteorology-climatology you will be prepared for employment with federal agencies such as the National Weather Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, National Park Service and the military. You can also work in private weather consulting; broadcast meteorology; and the agriculture, education and energy sectors.

Examples of Alumni Careers

  • Broadcast Meteorologist, Hoak Media
  • Coding Specialist, National Research Corp.
  • Meteorologist, National Weather Service
  • Meteorologist, Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Photo Journalist, Channel 8 Eyewitness News
  • Pilot, U.S. Air Force
  • Research Associate, High Plains Regional Climate Center
  • Systems Engineer, MITRE Corp.

Examples of Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Master's Degree, Earth & Atmospheric Science - Meteorology-Climatology specialization, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Ph.D., Earth & Atmospheric Science - Meteorology/Climatology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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Cody Carlin

Meteorology and Climatology at Nebraska

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