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
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.
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.
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.