Atmospheric sciences is the study of the atmosphere in all its various forms. This includes weather and weather-related topics, such as winter storms, thunderstorms and severe weather, hurricanes, droughts, and weather forecasting, but also includes subjects such as climate and global change, atmospheric chemistry and air pollution, remote sensing of the atmosphere from satellites, and modeling the atmosphere with computers. With the ever-increasing importance of these topics in today's society, there has never been a more relevant time to be an atmospheric scientist.
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers formal courses and academic programs at all levels of instruction, from nontechnical survey courses for non-majors, to advanced graduate research projects. In any given year, the Department is home to roughly 150 to 170 undergraduate Atmospheric Sciences majors (at all levels), and roughly 60 to 70 graduate students.
Follow the links on this page to see if the Department's various academic programs might be right for you.