The B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) degree will help you to become an individual that can inform society about weather and climate impacts, including helping others mitigate and adapt to changes in the Earth’s climate.

AOS allows students to explore the following:

  • How the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans evolve on a variety of space and time scales that affects all life on Earth and how we will live.
  • How to analyze observational data and make an effective weather forecast that helps us decide what to wear, plan events, and make logistical decisions to maximize safety and productivity. 
  • How longer-term environmental changes in climate predict changes in habitability through sea level rise, temperature extremes, and changes in the frequency and size of weather events, including hurricanes, floods, and drought.

Students will complete a computationally and quantitatively rigorous curriculum designed to prepare them for success within AOS-related careers and graduate school opportunities. Being in the heart of Atlanta, many internship and volunteer opportunities exist with CNN, The Weather Channel, The National Weather Service (NWS), local TV networks and other AOS-related organizations.

The curriculum aligns with American Meteorological Society (AMS) recommendations and is structured for completion of all GS-1340 requirements if desired for NWS meteorologist positions. Similarly, the program is eligible for AMS broadcast, consulting, and teaching certifications.

Along with preparing students for careers within meteorology, students will be highly competitive for private and government sector opportunities spanning agriculture, aviation, “big data” positions,  energy, finance, industry, insurance, the military, software development, supply chain positions, and K-12 teaching.

Students interested in research opportunities can work with our world-class AOS faculty and gain experience needed to be successful within AOS-related graduate school programs around the world.

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