Meteorology - BS
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. The undergraduate curriculum in meteorology emphasizes weather and weather forecasting, but also includes courses in climatology, atmospheric chemistry, cloud physics and remote sensing of the atmosphere with radar and satellites. As the curriculum makes clear, the study of these subjects relies on a foundation of physics, chemistry and mathematics. Meteorology also has connections to oceanography and other geosciences disciplines, which may be taken as elective courses.
Students who receive BS degrees in Meteorology often obtain employment with the National Weather Service, private meteorological consulting and weather forecasting companies, air quality consulting firms, airlines, TV stations, energy trading companies, universities, state governments, agricultural firms and computer-related industries. Some students choose to enter the military services as weather officers. Positions in teaching and research normally require a graduate degree.
Students interested in cooperative educational arrangements and internships should contact the department’s academic advisor for information.
In the curriculum presented, students are advised to note the prerequisites for the courses in ATMO, which often depend on courses in mathematics, physics or chemistry.