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Minor in Meteorology

Hofstra’s minor in Meteorology, offered by the Department of Geology, Environment Studies and Sustainability, is for students who wish to develop a background in weather and climate studies.

Courses are offered in introductory meteorology, climate change, weather forecasting and analysis, and natural hazards. The minor allows students to explore post-graduate studies and employment opportunities in meteorology, climate science, and weather forecasting.

A Meteorology minor complements many majors, including STEM education, journalism, television broadcasting, geography, global studies, anthropology, history, math and physics.

Students who have a stronger skill set in the liberal arts and communications should not be discouraged from taking classes in meteorology. The program’s approach is more qualitative than quantitative. However, students will learn to understand and appreciate the application of math and science necessary for weather forecasting.

Director Dr. Jase Bernhardt is the driving force behind this new program. He instituted Hofstra’s first “Introduction to Weather and Climate” course. In 2016 he installed three campus weather stations that gather and archive real-time data, take photos and record time-lapse videos. Students use these weather stations for classroom and independent research projects.

Dr. Bernhardt and his students are also researching the use of virtual reality (VR) and how it may improve response to storm warnings and impact community preparation. This work with VR aims to determine if people who watch a simulation of a hurricane are more likely to respond with appropriate measures when faced with a real storm.

Read about Dr. Bernhardt’s work with virtual reality

Follow him on Twitter @WxJase


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