Valparaiso University’s geography and meteorology department offers a comprehensive, personalized undergraduate program leading to a Bachelor of Science with a major in meteorology. The meteorology program is one of the largest and most recognized in the country. The program balances scientific theory and application, offering hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology.
- The Valparaiso University Weather Center has an excellent array of meteorological equipment, including a 40-foot instrumented tower, Unidata McIDAS and GEMPAK data retrieval and display systems, dual-polarization Doppler radar, and radiosonde launcher satellite and data feeds, as well as portable sensors and computers.
- Students interested in broadcast meteorology can complement the major with the digital media minor offered through the communication department.
- Valpo has arranged dozens of off-campus co-operative education and internship positions for students. Proximity to Chicago allows students to work with nationally prominent weather broadcasters, and the department also has established an excellent relationship with the National Weather Service.
- The largely student-run Valpo University Storm Intercept Team travels throughout late spring and early summer tracking and studying storms and various weather phenomena, using vehicles equipped with satellite and radar, radiosonde equipment, and other technical gear.