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Plymouth State University Meteorology Program

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The Department of Chemical, Earth, Atmospheric and Physical Sciences at Plymouth State University offers a four year program leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Meteorology. Plymouth is the only institution in the state of New Hampshire to have such a major. The Plymouth Meteorology Program meets or exceeds all of the recommended guidelines set for undergraduate degree programs by the American Meteorological Society and its graduates possess the prerequisite course background required for employment as entry level forecasters in the National Weather Service.

Although there are elective courses within the major, the meteorology degree program basically consists of the single, traditional track, well grounded in the sciences and mathematics. It prepares students to continue professionally or academically in nearly any field of meteorology or atmospheric sciences. Nearly 30% of Plymouth State students continue their education in graduate programs throughout the country. Most of the rest of Plymouth State meteorology alumni work as professional meteorologists.

Class sizes for major courses and other important required courses (e.g. physics, mathematics, etc.) are generally small (~15 to 35 students) and students can receive a great deal of assistance from a very dedicated and professional faculty. This is an important consideration when weighing the options of various meteorology programs.

Plymouth State meteorology students have a demanding curriculum, but they have a wide variety of opportunities to broaden their experiences.  They have been very successful in competing for national scholarship and research programs for undergraduates.  Many of them also complete internships.  Graduates of the program have been extremely successful in their professional careers.

A more detailed description of the various aspects of the program are included in the links below.


Meteorology students follow a demanding curriculum of courses based in meteorology as well as courses in mathematics, and other sciences. The major is extremely demanding; to be a successful student, one must not only be highly motivated, but must also possess good study skills.


Plymouth State University has some of the finest undergraduate meteorology program facilities in the country. The program occupies the entire top floor of Boyd Science Center. Located on the rooftop of the Boyd building, there is a large observation deck and meteorological equipment from automated weather stations, solar radiation detectors, GPS water vapor unit, and various conventional sensors and gauges. The program has two dedicated laboratory/classrooms including the NOAA-funded New England Weather Technology Evaluation Center with 20 workstations and one of the most modern weather centers in the country that includes a large electronic map wall with 34 electronic displays and also has large windows that provide excellent views of the area. There is also a student resource room for majors reference material and a television studio.

Student Opportunities

The program offers students the opportunity to broaden their learning experience in a number of different ways. The school has some excellent equipment and facilities to which students have ready access.

Career Experiences

Students graduate with a strong and versatile degree in meteorology. Alumni have chosen careers in many different fields of meteorology. Over 80% of all program graduates from the past ten years are currently employed as professional meteorologists or are presently enrolled in graduate school.

Meteorology Faculty/Staff

Six meteorologists contribute a wide range of teaching,  research, and operational experience to the Meteorology Program. Students enjoy a close working relationship with faculty members.

For more information on the Plymouth State Meteorology Program or Plymouth State, contact: or contact the Plymouth State Admissions Office. Note: you can fill out a form and request additional information about Plymouth State directly from this Admissions Office link.