Saint Louis University's minor in meteorology introduces students to the approaches, tools and data used by meteorologists. The minor is a good option for students who will have direct interactions with meteorologists, including students in aviation, civil engineering, business, and pre-law. Those students pursuing a career in broadcasting may also consider a minor in meteorology to gain experience in broadcast meteorology.
Meteorology is more than just the study of weather; it includes all the characteristics, structures and processes of the atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry are applied to discover what makes the atmosphere work. Mathematical equations and techniques are used to predict weather based on present conditions. Recently, meteorology has become increasingly vital to humankind’s concerns. Ozone depletion and global warming have been identified as threats to human existence on earth. Meteorologists are on the front lines of the battle to learn more about and model these phenomena.
Though meteorology applies basic science to the atmosphere, critical to success in the program is a fascination with the atmosphere and the vast range of phenomena that it generates. Students pursuing a minor in meteorology will have direct interactions with our faculty and opportunities to engage with professional meteorologists from both the National Weather Service and Broadcasting.