Meteorology at NIU
Bachelor of Science
From local forecasts to global warming, weather guides our future.
Weather impacts our lives every day. It affects our crops and water sources, the structure of our buildings and cities, and ultimately, our future on this planet. By studying how the atmosphere interacts with land, water and living organisms, you'll be able to help people stay safe during extreme weather, maximize natural resources and address urgent issues like climate change.
What Can I Do With an Meteorology Degree From NIU?
You'll use your research and communication skills to help address important environmental issues in a range of roles and settings. Some possible careers include:
- Broadcast, forensic or research meteorologist
- Weather forecaster
- Climate impact analyst
- Environmental risk assessor
- Environmental engineer
Career Potential for NIU Meteorology Majors
Average mid-career salary:
- National Weather Service (NWS)
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- United Airlines
Job titles include:
- Geographic information systems coordinator
- Research meteorologist
- Warning coordination meteorologist
- Weather analyst
Source: SteppingBlocks, 2023
What to Expect as an Meteorology Major at NIU
In addition to learning how to forecast weather, you'll learn about atmospheric processes and the mechanisms that fuel extreme storms. You'll be taught by our award-winning faculty, and you'll have many opportunities for hands-on learning on campus and in the community.
How We’ll Help You Succeed
Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).
Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.
With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.