Atmospheric Sciences at UNC Asheville

Students looking at lightning at night in a field

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in three concentrations: broadcast meteorology, climatology and weather forecasting. Unlike larger institutions, our department and university focus completely on undergraduate success. Our small classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants, and you'll have opportunities to conduct research alongside your professors. 

What You'll Learn:

  • accurate scientifically-based conceptual models of atmospheric structure and evolution on multiple spatial and temporal scales,
  • an understanding of mathematical devices applied to governing laws that determine the evolution of atmospheric structures,
  • an ability to communicate these conceptual models orally and through writing to a variety of audiences ranging from the layperson to experts in the atmospheric sciences,
  • an ability to make a significant contribution to a team-based research effort,
  • the necessary problem-solving skills to address new and interesting challenges presented by atmospheric structures to a smoothly-functioning society,
  • a curiosity about the natural world that motivates the student to continue their learning in graduate school and beyond the years immersed in formal education, and
  • an ability to recognize disagreements among scientists — being able to identify points of contention, analyze evidence, and respectfully address differences between competing scientific theories.

To schedule a tour of the Atmospheric Sciences Department, please contact the UNC Asheville Office of Admissions. For other questions or information, feel free to contact us directly. We look forward to hearing from you!