The Atmospheric Sciences Department offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with three concentrations that prepare students for employment upon graduation or for further studies at the graduate level.


The Broadcast Meteorology concentration prepares students for a career in communicating weather forecasts to the public using a variety of media resources, in addition to learning the basics of weather forecasting and analysis.

Both the Climatology and Weather Forecasting concentrations fulfill federal Civil Service requirements for employment as a meteorologist. A 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. Students are encouraged to focus their career objectives through enrollment in cooperative education and internship courses.

Declaration of Major in Atmospheric Sciences

Students can declare their major or minor online.

Course Requirements

Review the course requirements in the UNC Asheville Course Catalog for each of the atmospheric sciences concentrations and atmospheric sciences minor.

Atmospheric Sciences Minor

Students may also minor in atmospheric sciences by completing 20-22 hours of specified courses, of which at least six hours must be at the 100-200 levels, and at least six hours must be at the 300-400 levels. ATMS 381–3, 490 and 499 may not be used to fulfill requirements for the minor. Your minor can also be declared electronically.

Second Degree in the Atmospheric Sciences

Students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution other than UNC Asheville may earn a degree in atmospheric sciences from UNC Asheville by completing all course requirements for the major, but without the added requirements imposed by the Liberal Arts Core. Contact us for more information.