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The Broadcast and Operational Meteorology Program (BOMP) is for those who need more meteorological training and wish to take those classes online. The program is designed for individuals working as broadcast meteorologists who need additional formal education in meteorology. While the vast majority of our students are television or radio weathercasters, we do have many others enrolled such as newspaper reporters, educators, military personnel, National Weather Service employees and private sector meteorologists, as well as general hobbyists. While the program is designed to complement weather training received in the military, military meteorological training is not a requirement for the program. This is for anyone seeking to further develop skills in operational, applied meteorology.

Program highlights:

  • Students may apply these certificate courses toward the B.S. in Geosciences - Concentration in Broadcast and Operational Meteorology.
  • Each student is required to attend the BOMP Workshop which is the 3-day capstone course for hands on experience, review important concepts before the certificate exam, network with classmates, celebrate completing the program and more!
  • This program was developed with the aid of the National Weather Association (NWA). Their seal of approval requires a written test in meteorology and the evaluation of your on-air videotape. In addition, you must be a full member in good standing with the NWA, be currently employed as a commercial on-air weathercaster and have 2 years of fulltime or 3-years of parttime experience. If you have successfully completed the BOMP curriculum, you should be prepared to do well on the NWA Seal of Approval written exam.
  • New students must begin the program in the fall semester. The 17 online meteorology courses (53 credit hours) can be completed in a three-year period following the scheduled program of study, which consists of two courses per semester.
What are some potential careers?

Potential careers can be found in the areas of meteorology, aviation, climatology and climatology research, oceanography and more.

Who should pursue this certificate

Those wishing to pursue a National Weather Association seal of approval, gain formal training in broadcast or operational meteorology or those interested in climate studies should pursue this certificate.

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