Bachelor of Science in Meteorology

"Western's Meteorology program is small, which allows for more one-on-one interaction with professors. It provides a starting foundation for future careers in Meteorology." -- Gregory Matson (2011)

"During my time at Western I had some really top notch professors in my meteorology courses who truly helped me to succeed as a student. Because of their commitment and hard work, I know I will be successful wherever my meteorology degree takes me." -- Eric Apel (2011)


A degree prepares students to be professionals in their area of concentration or specialist, with a strong foundation in Meteorology.

Meteorology majors are exposed to concepts, methodologies, and practical applications related to weather, climate and forecasting. Our curriculum meets the National Weather Service requirements for employment as a meteorologist (GS-1340). We also have full membership in the University Corporation for Atmospheric Sciences (UCAR).

Contact Us:

Samuel Thompson, Ph.D. 
Chair, Department of Geography

Marcus Büker, Ph.D. 
Faculty Mentor

Redina Herman, Ph.D. 
Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Sandrik-Rubio 
Undergraduate Advisor

Meteorology Coursework and Advice:


Possible Careers

  • Earth Scientist
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Meteorologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Climatologist
  • Forensic Meteorologist
  • Weather Forecaster
  • Wind Analyst
  • Meteorological Data Analyst
  • Aviation Meteorologist
  • Consulting Meteorologist
  • Utility/construction Company Meteorologist
  • Broadcast Meteorologist
  • Science Reporter
  • Weather Risk Analyst
  • Damage Assessor
  • …and many more!!

Where the employers are:

  • National Weather Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Engineering Firms
  • Wind Energy or Sustainable Energy Companies
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Insurance Companies
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Local and State Government
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Meteorological Consulting Companies
  • Private Forecasting Firms
  • National and International Airlines
  • Agriculture Forecasting

Why Choose Meteorology at WIU?

  • Premium undergraduate education
  • Hands-on experience with the state-of-the-art equipment
  • Access to on-campus weather radar station only in the state
  • Learn Linux operating system
  • Learn computer application and programming skills
  • Run weather in a tank experiment
  • Develop public speaking and presentation skills
  • Plenty of internship opportunities
  • Forecast aired on local radio
  • Deliver weather forecasts on WWIR (on-campus TV station)
  • Develop geospatial skills, including GIS training
  • Low student-teacher ratios
  • Senior capstone thesis project
  • Courses taught by Ph.D.s
  • Strong dedication to success of students
  • Guaranteed valuable research experience
  • Create a professional portfolio
  • Opportunity to attend American Meteorology Society Meetings
  • Severe Weather Club

At A Glance

Degree Available: Bachelor of Science

Minor: Yes

Graduate Degree: No

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors

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