Sep 27, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Meteorology and Climate Science

Office: Duncan Hall 620

Telephone: 408-924-5200 (Voice); 408-924-5191 (Fax)




Alison F. C. Bridger
Sen Chiao, Chair
Craig Clements
Eugene C. Cordero

Associate Professors

Elizabeth Walsh

Assistant Professors

Patrick Brown
Minghui Diao
Adam Kochanski
Valero Perez


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.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

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      Meteorology and Climate Science