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Meteorology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) New Brunswick, NJ, United States
In the Meteorology program from Rutgers University you will study the weather, climate, and the characteristics, structure, and processes of the atmosphere.
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Students learn how to forecast the weather and how to understand climate change. The emphasis of the Bachelor of Science degree program in Meteorology from Rutgers University is on developing a broad understanding of the fundamental physical and dynamic processes governing the motions and behavior of the atmosphere, and its interactions with the underlying land and ocean surfaces. Basic courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics are the prerequisite foundation on which the meteorology program is built. Students who wish to pursue an undergraduate meteorology degree should have a strong high school or equivalent background in mathematics and the sciences prior to enrollment. This is the only program in New Jersey that meets all the U.S. federal government civil service requirements for classification as a meteorologist and the American Meteorological Society's recommendations for undergraduate meteorology programs.

Program Learning Goals

A successful Meteorology graduate will be able to:

  • Conduct a weather discussion and apply diagnostic, prognostic, and technological tools to evaluate atmospheric processes across a multitude of scales.
  • Demonstrate integrated understanding of the linked Earth–atmosphere–ocean–cryosphere–biosphere system, including the roles of atmospheric chemistry and human impacts on the system.
  • Apply critical and analytical thinking to solve relevant scientific problems in both individual and collaborative settings.
  • Effectively communicate scientific information orally and in writing, including by electronic means, at an appropriate level for their audience.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the mathematical and physical foundations of meteorology and climatology as well as key atmospheric processes that occur at a variety of spatial and temporal scales.
  • Understand and utilize the principles of proper ethical behavior within the atmospheric sciences and be aware of the scientific limits of prediction.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Meteorology
  • Introduction to Climate Science
  • Weather, Climate, and Television I, II
  • Elements of Meteorology
  • Elements of Climatology
  • Meteorological Analysis
  • Computational Methods for Meteorology
  • Thermodynamics of the Atmosphere
  • Dynamics of the Atmosphere
  • Special Topics in Meteorology
  • Severe Weather Forecasting Field Trip
  • Hydrological Processes
  • Physical Meteorology
  • Weather Analysis and Forecasting I: Synoptic Meteorology
  • Weather Analysis and Forecasting II: Mesoscale Meteorology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Online Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Nonrefundable $70 application fee, payable online by credit card
  • Final official high school transcript showing all courses with final grades in grades 9-12:Transcripts must show a date of graduation; or
  • GED or equivalency diploma holders must submit test results or equivalent as well as transcripts from any high school attended
  • College transcripts if you took any college courses at a two- or four-year college
  • SAT or ACT scores (with writing) only if you graduated from high school less than two years ago and will not have at least 12 college credits completed by the application due date

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16287 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32574 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16287 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    13746 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6873 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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