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 

Job and Internship Search Resources 

Career Exploration Hub

Employment Strategies

  1. Identify areas of interest related to your major so you can focus your academics and experiences towards these fields. 
  2. Gain direct experience within the areas that interest you most through research projects, independent studies, internshipspart-time jobsstudent organization involvement, or volunteering
  3. Register for Hire Jayhawks and subscribe to the Internship Newsletter to receive automated weekly emails with specific internship information. 
  4. Consider joining a professional organization related to your area of interest, and, if possible, attend local and/or regional conferences to make connections with professionals working in your field. 
  5. Practice interviewing on your own or by conducting a mock interview at the University Career Center. 
  6. Develop your resume and tailor it to your area(s) of interest.
  7. Earn a minor or take additional coursework outside your major when relevant to your career goals. 
  8. Complete an independent study to gain advanced research skills. 
  9. Maintain a strong GPA if you are considering pursuing graduate or professional school. 
  10. Consider getting involved with a student organization at KU related to your area of interest.