From tornadoes to hurricanes, from winter storms to droughts, the atmosphere affects our lives and livelihoods in ways both big and small. In the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, undergraduate students explore weather in all its many forms, as well as climate change, air quality, and many other atmospheric phenomena, all as viewed through the lens of the physical and chemical scientist.
The Department offers an undergraduate degree program in Meteorology, which has at its core an emphasis on weather and weather-related topics. In addition to weather, the curriculum also features courses in climatology, air quality, radar observations, remote sensing from satellites, cloud physics, and computer applications. Courses in oceanography, hydrology, and climate policy are also encouraged. Each of these subjects rests on a firm foundation in the physical sciences, with required coursework in physics, chemistry, and mathematics during the first two years.