Atmospheric Science

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences offers a BS, as well as a MS and a PhD in atmospheric science. This degree offers four options that include a general atmospheric science degree option, an air pollution meteorology option, a hydrometeorology option (a branch of meteorology especially concerned with precipitation), and a news media forecasting option.

Atmospheric Science Program website

Sample of Related Skills 

  • Research atmospheric dynamics, climate science, boundary-layer processes, cloud processes, and remote sensing  

  • Research hurricanes, tropical meteorology, atmosphere-ocean coupling, climate, and climate change 

  • Broadcast and forecast weather 

  • Determine the effect weather systems have on the earth’s atmosphere 

  • Study atmospheric changes (both long and short-term) that define average climates and their change over time 

Popular Career Paths 

General Meteorology: Prepares one for employment with the National Weather Service, airlines, and other public/private agencies. 


Air Pollution & Meteorology: Involves specialization in air quality and other environmental impacts.  


Hydrometeorology: Involves a career as a meteorologist in one of the many water-related activities in private companies and governmental agencies. 


News Media Forecast: Involves forecasting the weather on television. 

Explore More Career Paths 

Jobs to Consider 

Places to Seek Employment 

  • Astronaut Corps
  • Chemical Companies
  • Computer and Data Processing Services
  • Geological Industry
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Launch Sites
  • Museums
  • National Weather Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Research and Testing Services
  • Patent Law Firms
  • Power Plants
  • Private Weather Consulting Firms
  • Recycling Plants
  • News Stations
  • The Department of Defense
  • Universities 

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