BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
of the most exciting things about these sciences is that they bring together
aspects of many different disciplines. Understanding and predicting the
atmosphere requires knowledge in mathematics, computer science, physics,
and chemistry. Interested high-school students should take as many classes
as possible in these subject areas in order to prepare them for further
studies in college and the broad range of possible careers thereafter.
Good communication skills are very important in any career: Courses
in reading, composition, grammar, literature, and speech can help tremendously.
There are hundreds of possible courses that can be taken in High School
and the first two years of college that can lead you to a degree in atmospheric
Below there are some examples of
transcripts of undergraduate students who went on and obtained B.S. degrees in atmospheric
sciences. These will show the variety of preparation that can serve
as entries into the atmospheric sciences.
- Atmospheric sciences are often called something other than 'Atmospheric
Science' or 'Meteorology' or 'Oceanography' and are located in such
diverse campus branches as Arts and Science, Earth Science, Engineering,
- To pursue a Bachelor's degree in the atmospheric sciences you will
need a good foundation in physics, chemistry, and mathematics. Computer
skills are important! Many Bachelor's programs do not need to be started
in the freshman year. Taking one or two years of general science and
math courses will often allow you to enter an atmospheric science or
meteorology major in the junior year.
- The American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the University Corporation
for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) maintain a web-based publication of
institutions offering differing degrees in the atmospheric and related
sciences, the AMS/UCAR Curricula Guide for the Atmospheric, Hydrologic
and Oceanic Sciences. Institutions offering Bachelor's degrees can
be found there.
- If you have some specific question about the career you are planning,
we'd recommend that you email one of the university or college departments
on the AMS/UCAR list. You are almost certain to receive a friendly
reply. It helps if you also spend some time reading the departments'
Web pages to help you refine your question.