Atmospheric Sciences (Certificate)

Students in the atmospheric sciences certificate program gain a focused understanding of weather, climate and the various related methods of measurement and instrumentation. The coursework is designed to give students the knowledge and skill set necessary for approaching meteorological-related programs through the lens of their primary field of study.

The curriculum of the certificate program is also associated with the requirements for certification as a meteorologist by the National Weather Service. Through completion of both the atmospheric sciences certificate and the BS program in geography with a concentration in meteorology-climatology, students acquire the skills in GIS and meteorological instrumentation required for national-level certification with the National Weather Service.

Degree Offered

Atmospheric Sciences (Certificate)
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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

A certificate in atmospheric sciences is a valuable addition to a degree for students looking for a career where understanding weather systems could be beneficial, including career fields related to sustainability, resource management and more. When combined with a BS in geography with a concentration in meteorology-climatology, students earning the certificate in atmospheric sciences are prepared for careers as meteorologists, such as those with the National Weather Service, broadcast meteorologists, or to continue on their studies for an advanced degree.