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Atmospheric Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) , UT,
Students with interest in severe weather, climate change, forecasting, broadcast meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing, and many other areas may find a home in the Atmospheric Sciences. 


Study in this field seeks to understand the behavior and predictability of the earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric scientists need a good foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, and the University of Utah’s program offers training in these areas and others, such as meteorology and climate. As a natural extension of the geographic setting of the university, the atmospheric sciences degree uniquely emphasizes mountain weather and climate. Ultimately, this program provides the knowledge and tools needed to address the challenges posed by hazardous weather and climate change in the 21st century.

The Student Experience

The mission of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences is to discover, advance, and disseminate knowledge about weather and climate for the benefit of the people of Utah and the wider international community. Students can fulfill these goals through a number of academic and extracurricular activities. Pursue your passion and complete your capstone experience through a research project or internship. Or, join the Ute Weather Team and help keep your classmates aware of the weather while also gaining valuable job skills. Students can also join the U’s chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS).

Career Opportunities

In addition to technical skills and training, this versatile program ultimately allows students to develop an academic background that is appropriate for work in a number of fields. Alumni have gained employment in federal and state agencies (such as NASA and Transportation and Air Quality), the Air Force Weather Service, the private sector (such as aviation agriculture industries), and broadcast meteorology. Become a meteorologist, mining engineer, climatologist, hydrologist, or research and development engineer. The program is also excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees in the atmospheric or related sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Programming
  • Environmental Statistics
  • Environmental Instrumentation
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology
  • Weather Discussion
  • Physical Meteorology l: Thermodynamics
  • Physical Meteorology II: Atmospheric Radiation 

              English Language Requirements

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              Academic Requirements

              • Complete the Online Application
              • Pay the application fee
              • Have your transcripts sent to the Office of Admisions
              • Have your ACT (or SAT) scores sent to the Office of Admissions
              • Transcripts (mark sheets, school records, grades) for secondary school (9-12). Official English translations must be provided if the transcripts are only in the native language
              • Proof of English Proficiency

              Tuition Fee

              • International Applies to you

                40946 USD/year
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                Based on the original amount of 40946 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
              • National Applies to you

                25198 USD/year
                Tuition Fee
                Based on the original amount of 25198 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
              • In-State Applies to you

                7956 USD/year
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                Based on the original amount of 7956 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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              Living costs for Salt Lake City

              • 1000 - 1730 USD/month
                Living Costs

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