- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: No
- Campus: Macomb
- Study Opportunities:
Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
Meteorology is the study of the physical characteristics of the lower atmosphere and the processes that are responsible for generating the weather. At WIU, the Meteorology major is based on the National Weather Service requirements for certification as a meteorologist. Students learn to forecast weather and use specialized equipment in a curriculum based in concepts, methodologies, and practical applications.
Class sizes are small (15-25 students) allowing for use of facilities and instruments including a weather station, weather radar, meteorology/climatology laboratory and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) laboratory. Meteorology majors can choose graduate study in the field or professional employment.
Why Meteorology at WIU?
The department's meteorology program is one of two meteorology programs in Illinois that meet the National Weather Service requirements for employment as a meteorologist and it is the only meteorology program in the state with its own weather radar system (one of the few in the United States having this state-of-the-art technology). The department also is home to the McDonough County GIS Center, a partnership between WIU, the City of Macomb and McDonough County. The Center is responsible for compilation, execution, and management of GIS projects for the city of Macomb and McDonough County.