College of Mines and Earth Sciences


Atmospheric Sciences

B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences

Program Purpose

To prepare graduates to pursue careers within atmospheric science or other environmental fields while providing a foundation upon which additional education, training, or specialization in science, policy, education, law, or other fields may be pursued.

Learning Outcomes

  • Consistent with the guidelines of the American Meteorological Society, students who graduate with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences should develop the critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, analytical, and communication skills that will provide them with the necessary versatility for long-term success as science professionals. Specific expected learning outcomes are:
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of dynamic meteorology, physical meteorology, and climate processes.
  • Have experience using a high-level structured programming language (e.g., Matlab).
  • Be able to apply measurement principles and numerical and statistical analysis methods for atmospheric problems, including the analysis and interpretation of current weather events.
  • Possess the ability to communicate with peer and lay audiences using scientific evidence.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply basic and applied knowledge through completion of a capstone education, research, or work experience.
  • Be prepared for higher-level education and training opportunities, or to embark on a career in the atmospheric or related sciences.