Atmospheric Sciences seeks to understand the behavior and predictability of the Earth's atmosphere and requires a good foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science. The undergraduate Atmospheric Sciences major combines required courses in these areas with advanced courses in meteorology, climate, and related disciplines to develop an academic background that is appropriate for a variety of employment opportunities.
Majors develop a solid foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry during the first two years and then study dynamic, physical, and synoptic meteorology, as well as climate processes, during the junior and senior years. A unique aspect of our program is its emphasis on mountain weather and climate, which is a natural extension of the geographic setting of the University of Utah. The Atmospheric Sciences Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree satisfies the requirements for employment as a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, and many of our graduates have moved on to atmospheric science or environmental science careers in the government and private sectors.
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a minor for undergraduate students. Students with interest in severe weather, climate change, forecasting, broadcast meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing, and many other areas find a home in the Atmospheric Sciences department.
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Maintain an overall G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher
Receive a letter grade of C- or higher in all courses required for the major
Receive a letter grade of C or better in all MATH courses
Complete a capstone experience.
Career Options with a Degree in Atmospheric Sciences
The department is dedicated to ensuring that students have all of the tools necessary to be successful in the workforce. Our career counselors work with students to customize their departmental electives to achieve their career goals. The median income for meteorologists in 2010 was $87,780 per year. Our alumni have gained employment in a variety of settings including:
Federal Agencies (e.g. NWS, NASA, NOAA, and BLM)
State Agencies (e.g. Transportation and Air Quality)
Air Force Weather Service
Private Employers (e.g. consulting firms, aviation, insurance, and agriculture industries)