Weather Forecasting, Certificate

Program Code: WFC_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Weather Forecasting, a minimum of 12 credits is required.

Prescribed Courses
METEO 101Understanding Weather Forecasting Keystone/General Education Course3
METEO 241Fundamentals of Tropical Forecasting3
METEO 361Fundamentals of Mesoscale Weather Forecasting3
METEO 410Advanced Topics in Weather Forecasting3

No Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. FORECASTER: Student will be able to produce value-added (an improvement on guidance) point forecast including high/low temperature, wind speed, and precipitation.
  2. WX ANALYST: Student will be able to analyze synoptic and mesoscale weather events of varying complexity by referencing proper terminology and processes.
  3. WX COMMUNICATOR: Student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current weather either generally or at a specific location via verbal or written communication.
  4. WX CONSUMER: Student will improve their skill at using and interpreting publically available weather data.
  5. GLOBAL AWARENESS: Student will demonstrate awareness of significant global weather events and seasonal climate features.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

David Babb
Associate Teaching Professor
425 Earth and Engineering Science Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3918
dmb16@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Career Paths

Learning innovative forecasting techniques in this online certificate program can help you learn about meteorology, enrich your hobby, supplement your professional career, or build a preparatory foundation for future study or work.

Careers

Whether you are an amateur weather enthusiast or a weather-related industry professional, enrolling in this online certificate program is a perfect way to enhance your career or degree. Through the online meteorology courses that compose this 12-credit certificate program of study, you can build a foundational understanding of contemporary forecasting techniques.

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Opportunities for Graduate Studies

A certificate in Weather Forecasting may provide the necessary background that leads you to pursue a degree in meteorology or another science-related field. If you obtain a B.S. in a science or engineering field, this may position you to apply for graduate school in some scientific disciplines, including atmospheric science.

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Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
503 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0478
meteoundergrad@meteo.psu.edu

http://www.met.psu.edu

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE
2217 Earth and Engineering Sciences
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3918
dmb16@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/weather-forecasting-certificate/overview