General Information

Meteorology Program Info

Current Facts

  • Only B.S. degree in Michigan – our focus is on undergraduate education, with no graduate program
  • 4 full time faculty, 1 part time
    • Expertise in weather forecasting, storm scale modeling, and climatology
  • ~60 signed majors
  • An active organization: Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society
  • Strength in undergraduate research:
    • Meteorology students won 1st place undergraduate poster awards at both of our professional organizations during the 2011-2012 academic year
  • 3 students won 2011 American Meteorological Society scholarships. The only other schools that received as many were Cornell, Penn State, and Florida State.
  • Students create daily weather forecasts for campus and participate in the national WeatherChallenge forecasting contest
  • All senior students are fully funded to attend a national meteorological conference via generous faculty and alumni donations
  • Curriculum approved by the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Service
  • CMU is an Academic Affiliate member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research


  • 24 computer Meteorology Teaching Lab, with 88” SmartBoard
  • 8 computer Meteorology Research Lab
  • 40 processor high performance computing cluster
  • 50 hand-held Kestrel weather observing units

History and Alumni

  • B.S. in Meteorology began in 2006, Concentration in Meteorology in place for 30 years
  • 70 graduates currently working in the field of meteorology
  • Graduates go into government, television, industry, and academia
  • In the past 5 years, 70% of all graduates have gone on to graduate school or employment in meteorology/related field
  • In the past 5 years, CMU students have secured positions in:
    • all 4 of the federal National Weather Service offices in Michigan
    • the 4 largest broadcast media markets in Michigan (a total of 3.3 million homes)
  • Our graduates work around the world at prominent places:
    • e-TV news South Africa, National Severe Storms Laboratory, and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center