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Meteorology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, SC,
The College of Charleston's program in Meteorology is unique in the state of South Carolina. We offer a BA degree in meteorology with two concentrations: operational meteorology; atmospheric physics;


Our concentration in operational meteorology not only meets but exceeds all recommended American Meteorological Society guidelines for undergraduate students. In the operational meteorology concentration, students learn the basics of weather analysis and forecasting and how to communicate meteorological information to the public. 

We are one of the only undergraduate institutions in the United States with a program in atmospheric physics. With the growing demand to understand the science of climate change along with the interdisciplinary nature of modern atmospheric science research, there is growing demand for programs which integrate atmospheric science and traditional physics. Our program in atmospheric physics is designed to help meet this challenge by preparing undergraduates for graduate study in atmospheric physics.

Our Meteorology program at College of Charleston offers both a demanding curriculum – grounded in physics, mathematics, and atmospheric science – and a wide variety of opportunities for students to broaden their interests based on the research interests of our faculty. Furthermore, because of our low student-to-faculty ratio, students benefit from working closely with a very dedicated and professional faculty. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Meteorology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Thermal Physics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Cloud and Precipitation Physics
  • General Phsics
  • General Physics Lab 
  • Introduction to Modern Physics

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • Application Form: submit the C of C online application
  • Official Transcripts: Submit directly to College of Charleston high school transcripts for all years of high school in the original language with the school’s official stamp/seal.
  • Certified Translations:  If transcripts are written in a language other than English, certified, word-for-word English translations of all transcript pages must be submitted.
  • Standardized Examination Scores:  Submit scores directly to the College of Charleston from one of the following examination boards: iBT TOEFL; IELTS; iTEP; SAT; ACT

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    31600 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31600 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12418 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12418 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Charleston

  • 1270 - 2210 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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