Atmospheric Sciences

Who We Are

Small class sizes, virtually unlimited access to faculty, and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum make UNC Asheville an ideal place to earn your degree in atmospheric sciences, one of the fastest growing fields. You’ll have the chance to learn and research alongside faculty specializing in tropical meteorology, atmospheric modeling, climatology, tornadoes, and weather unique to Western North Carolina.

As one of the nation's largest weather data centers, Asheville is home to NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC), offering atmospheric science majors unique internship opportunities and career connections.

What You’ll Learn

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in three concentrations: broadcast meteorology, climatology and weather forecasting. Unlike larger institutions, our department and university focus completely on undergraduate success. Our small classes are taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants, and you'll have opportunities to conduct research alongside your professors.

You'll gain:

  • accurate scientifically-based conceptual models of atmospheric structure and evolution on multiple spatial and temporal scales,
  • an understanding of mathematical devices applied to governing laws that determine the evolution of atmospheric structures,
  • an ability to communicate these conceptual models orally and through writing to a variety of audiences ranging from the layperson to experts in the atmospheric sciences,
  • an ability to make a significant contribution to a team-based research effort,
    the necessary problem-solving skills to address new and interesting challenges presented by atmospheric structures to a smoothly-functioning society,
  • a curiosity about the natural world that motivates the student to continue their learning in graduate school and beyond the years immersed in formal education, and
  • an ability to recognize disagreements among scientists — being able to identify points of contention, analyze evidence, and respectfully address differences between competing scientific theories.

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