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Undergraduate Certificate in
Weather Forecasting

Program Summary

Develop models, analyze forecasts, and better understand the impact of weather systems on your leisure activities and professional livelihood with a certificate from one of the most respected meteorology departments in higher education.
How To Apply
Apply by May 7 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $620/$664 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Learn How to Forecast the Weather with an Online Weather Forecasting Certificate

Use the program's innovative forecasting techniques and conceptual approaches to learn about meteorology, enrich your hobby, supplement your professional career, or build a preparatory foundation for future study or work. As a student in this program, you will have an opportunity to become a better-informed, critical consumer of weather-related news. Whether you are an amateur weather enthusiast or a weather-related industry professional, enrolling in this 12-credit certificate program can help you refine your skills to more effectively predict the weather.

Why a Weather Forecasting Certificate Online at Penn State?

75 Years of Teaching and Research — The meteorology and atmospheric science department at Penn State, with more than 75 years of rich traditions in teaching, research, and community service, is one of the most highly regarded programs in the United States.

Our faculty continue to pioneer research in areas such as weather communications, severe storms, tropical cyclones, weather risk, and more. This online program uses cutting-edge forecasting techniques as well as innovative conceptual models to help you learn more about the science of meteorology. Interactive, web-based animations can help you to develop operational forecasting skills and gain keen insights into how the atmosphere works.

You Can Earn College Credits — By successfully completing this certificate program, you will earn 12 credits, which you may be able to apply toward a bachelor's degree at Penn State or another accredited institution.

Who Should Apply?

Hobbyists, storm chasers, weather forecasters, or other professionals who rely on weather data to perform their job duties successfully can all benefit from this program, as can:

  • sailing enthusiasts and pilots who rely on meteorological data to chart courses or plan flights
  • professionals whose businesses are affected by weather and who seek a deeper understanding of meteorology 
  • secondary teachers in Earth science who aspire to enhance their understanding of meteorology 
  • communication majors looking for a stepping-stone into the broadcasting profession
  • weather enthusiasts seeking a preparatory foundation to pursue an undergraduate degree in meteorology

There are no formal calculus or physics requirements for entrance to the program.

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