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Atmospheric Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #703 (BCR) , NV,
Atmospheric Sciences encompasses many areas of study that explore our atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions and processes, and how these influence all aspects of the environment and human life.

About

Professionals in the atmospheric sciences have the chance to apply their knowledge to important societal issues such as resource planning, environmental analysis, protection of health and property, improvement in water management and agricultural productivity, and energy conservation. Employment prospects in this field are expanding rapidly due to the recognition by both public agencies and private companies that weather, climate and air pollution has a strong impact on economic development, insurance risk, human and animal health, ecosystem stability, public safety, recreation and quality of life.

Research and Internships

Students pursuing a B.S. (or Minor) degree in the Atmospheric Sciences have many opportunities to combine their studies with outdoor studies, laboratory-based research, computer-based modeling and other types of active learning with mentorship by the faculty and scientists. Examples of these activities include internships and student research projects in the Desert Research Institute (DRI) Division of Atmospheric Sciences offices in Reno and Las Vegas, in the UNR Department of Physics and other departments, internships with agencies such as the federal National Weather Service and state/county environmental offices, and employment with environmental consulting businesses.

Career Opportunities
  • Cloud Physics (formation and interactions of water droplets, rain and snow in cloud systems)
  • Fire Weather (fire prediction; thunderstorm and lightning climatologies)
  • Renewable Energy (assessing wind and solar power resources; designing energy systems)
  • Airflow Modeling (mountain wave dynamics; wind shear hazards to aircraft)
  • Computer-Based Weather Prediction (forecast model development and validation)
  • Air Quality Monitoring and Improvement (air sampling methods; advising on national emissions standards)
  • Weather Modification (snowpack augmentation; pollution effects on precipitation physics)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry (smog and visibility problems; health risks; ozone and greenhouse gas effects)
  • Remote Sensing (satellite observation and interpretation; estimation of cloud and atmospheric properties)
  • Aviation (flight training ; physics of turbulence and icing ; aircraft instrument development)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers
  • Meteorology
  • Intermediate Meteorology and Weather Forecasting
  • Atmospheric Instrumentation
  • Introduction to Atmospheric Physics
  • Introduction to Air Pollution
  • Airflow, Weather Dynamics, and Forecasting
  • Physics for Scientists and Engineers

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    61

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    500

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

To be admitted to an undergraduate degree program as a regular freshman student, you must be a graduate of an approved or accredited high school and satisfy the below requirements:
Domestic Students:
  • 3.0 High School Academic Grade-Point Average
  • Test Scores
  • College Transcripts
  • High School Diploma
International Students:
  • International Student Application with $95.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official high school transcripts
  • Verification of having met the English requirement
  • Financial documents
  • Copy of passport biographical page
  • Authorization to Release Information (If you are working with an agent or wish to give permission to another person to receive information about your application status)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14188 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14188 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National Applies to you

    14188 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14188 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Reno

  • 860 - 1230 USD/month
    Living Costs

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