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MetCS students and faculty

Welcome to the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

The only one of its kind in the CSU system, the Department of Meteorology and Climate Science provides students with an in-depth knowledge of the atmosphere, preparing them for careers in the atmospheric sciences. Meteorology focuses on day-to-day weather; in climate science the focus is on the evolution of Earth’s climate. We train students to measure, analyze, model and predict the state of the atmosphere into the next week and on into the next century, offering undergraduate and graduate programs that are strong in both theoretical and applied courses. Among our alumni are weather forecasters with both the National Weather Service and in the private sector, air pollution specialists, environmental consultants, science teachers, university professors, science writers and top scientists in the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Armed Forces, and NASA. We are one of the most research-active departments on campus, enabling students at all levels to participate and benefit from supervised research activities.

Learn more about who we are and see some of the great work being done in the MetCS program!

About Us

Learn more about who we are!

Academic Programs

Information and links to Meteorology and Climate Science academic programs.

MetCS Students

Information, links and resources for MetCS students, including AMS Student Chapter, Student Spotlight, Scholarship Opportunities, and AMS Merchandise!


Information and links to learn more about who we are and what we do!

Weather Center

Information and links for the Weather Center.


Information and links to resources for Graduate and Undergraduate Advising, Academic Forms, and Faculty Forms.

News and Events

Stay up to date on all of the Meteorology and Climate Science News and Events!

Weather Pictures

MetCS faculty, staff and students capturing a moment in time and sharing it with you. 

Department Calendar

Calendar of events.

Calero Reservoir Weather Station
Photo credits: Mike Voss

Calero Reservoir Weather Station Installation

MetCS BS graduates and incoming MetCS graduate students, Scott Dilworth and Daniel Moser, working on the installation of the Calero Reservoir Weather Station located in the southern foothills of San José, California.

Student Spotlight

MetCS students share their experiences in the program and we recognize them for their amazing achievements!

Student Spotlight

Career and Internship Opportunities in Meteorology and Climate Science at SJSU

The Meteorology and Climate Science Department receives inquiries for students to fill jobs , internships, and other opportunities in the field all the time! We need more Meteorology and Climate Science majors to fill them! Please watch the video below for more information.

Did You Know?

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2020 Median Pay

In 2020, the median pay for all meteorologists was $99,740 per year.

Job Outlook

Employment of meteorologists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations. 

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Examples of areas in which meteorologists work include private forecasting companies, National Weather Service, universities, energy companies, government labs and in media.

Work Environment

Meteorologists work in a variety of settings; including offices, laboratories, and universities. Occassionally, they work in the field where they install, monitor and calibrate meteorological instruments. Some meteorologists work extended hours, particulary during weather emergencies.

Many, if not most, meteorologists work with computer code of some sort to perform data analysis and interpretation.

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Our location

The Department of Meteorology and Climate Science is located throughout the top three floors of Duncan Hall on the SJSU main campus. Our office is on the 6th floor, room 620. Please contact us at or by phone at (408) 924-5200 if you have questions or need any assistance.

Email the Meteorology Department