The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in three concentrations that
prepare students for employment upon graduation or for further studies at the graduate level. Both the weather forecasting and climatology
concentrations fulfill federal civil service requirements for employment as a meteorologist. The
climatology concentration provides a strong preparation for graduate work with a specialization
in climatology and mathematics. NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), located in Asheville,
represents a unique resource for students. In the weather forecasting concentration, students
learn the basics of weather analysis and forecasting and how to communicate meteorological
information to the public. The broadcast meteorology concentration provides students with the skills necessary to become broadcast meteorologists immediately following graduation. Students are encouraged to focus their career objectives through
enrollment in cooperative education and internship courses.
Our faculty members emphasize a quality undergraduate education with close student–faculty interaction. Undergraduates have the opportunity to work with faculty specializing in tropical meteorology, mesoscale and synoptic weather unique to Western North Carolina, atmospheric modeling, climatology, and tornadoes.