Aviation Meteorology Degree
Blog: In the Eye of Sandy
Phil is an aviation meteorology with flight major who recently had a summer internship with NOAA AOC where he was certified to fly NOAA aircraft. Once he heard there was an open seat to fly into the eye of Hurricane Sandy, he was out the door before the call ended!
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Bachelor of Science in Aviation Meteorology
Meteorology is the study of the Earth's atmosphere, a component of Earth system science, and a meteorologist is someone who predicts the weather based on the systems of the Earth's atmosphere. Meteorology students become experts in math and physics, build a comprehensive knowledge of meteorology and gain in-depth exposure to fields like oceanography, geology, space science, environmental science, climate science and atmospheric chemistry.
You can also choose to be in the aviation meteorology degree program with flight option, which allows you a specialization in air traffic control. The air traffic control program meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic-collegiate training initiative program and is FAA-approved. Click here to learn more about this degree option.
Whether you want to be a professional atmospheric scientist, aviation meteorologist or weather specialist, an aviation meteorology degree from Florida Tech develops a strong background in aviation with experience in modern meteorology technology and industry best practices.
Your First-Year Experience
A unique and memorable component of each student's first-year experience in the aviation meteorology degree program at Florida Tech is the Whole Earth Course. This class, which integrates biology, chemistry, physics, geology and mathematics leads students to experience and understand our planet as a system of interacting processes. Students may also enroll in Weather Briefing, a course that covers the key aspects of forecasting.
Another signature of the aviation meteorology degree program at Florida Tech is that first-year students are invited to work alongside faculty on weather research and often begin working on projects during their first few weeks on campus.
Gain Practical Experience
Senior coursework towards your aviation meteorology degree includes advanced aircraft operations and atmospheric dynamics. You'll also have an opportunity to meet recruiters from airlines and private industry at university career fairs. Students have access to the local National Weather Service site in Melbourne, Florida, 45th Weather Squadron and Kennedy Space Center for direct industry experience. As a result, you get practical experience, an expanded professional network and, perhaps, a pre-graduation job offer.
Build Professional Relationships
Beyond the classroom, aviation meteorology degree students build leadership and professional experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Collegiate Aviation Business Executives, a student chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, the Falcons Intercollegiate Flight Team, Women in Aviation, Student Government and over 100 other campus-wide student organizations.
Get Recruited Upon Graduation
Meteorologists do more than TV weather reports. They play a vital role in government and private sector aviation, communications, and environmental, marine and space enterprises. Employers that have recruited our students for internships and careers include top airlines and employers such as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), U.S. Air Force, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), the Department of Homeland Security and private weather forecasting services.
Earn an Advanced Degree
After receiving their aviation meteorology degree, many of our students go to graduate school (often at Florida Tech) for advanced degrees in meteorology, aviation human factors, atmospheric science and related fields.