Students on Roof of Duncan Hall
Students on Roof of Duncan Hall

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.

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!

Research

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

Weather Center

Information and links for the Weather Center.

Resources

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.

The Annual Precipitation Contest

Join us by participating in the Annual Precipitation Contest!

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NSF Grant to Accelerate Wildfire Research at SJSU

“This is going to be transformative for our faculty and students in terms of what we can accomplish,” said Clements. “And the members will benefit because they will get access to research results before anyone else. Our students will get to interact with industry and government members, and members get to interact with our talent pool.”

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Silicon Valley Business Journal recognizes the WIRC

Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center

The ground breaking, multi-disciplinary collaboration of faculty from different scientific specialties is an exciting new development in the ongoing search for better ways to understand and manage wildfires.

Student Spotlight

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

Student Spotlight

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 meteorology@sjsu.edu or by phone at (408) 924-5200 if you have questions or need any assistance.

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