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Atmospheric Sciences Program

Prospective Students

Laura Beth Wrenn and Haley Gowen with their awards from the 2008-09 WxChallenge national forecast contest.

Atmospheric Sciences as a Career

Thousands of career choices are available in our fast-changing society. Why would you choose atmospheric science or meteorology? Here is a quick look at some of the challenges of our changing atmosphere: Do you have a deep curiosity about the world around you? As a meteorologist, you can satisfy that curiosity by investigating the natural forces that shape our weather and climate. You can look for answers to important questions that our society is asking – how can we save lives, how can we protect our environment?

You can use your knowledge to warn others when danger is approaching in the form of tornadoes and hurricanes. You can use the latest tools of modern technology – computers, radar, satellites – to discover how natural processes and human activities affect our atmosphere. You can learn how we are changing the climate and other global systems by putting pollutants into the environment. You can help make a difference for our planet and for your children and grandchildren.

You can use your knowledge to warn others when danger is approaching in the form of tornadoes and hurricanes. You can use the latest tools of modern technology – computers, radar, satellites – to discover how natural processes and human activities affect our atmosphere. You can learn how we are changing the climate and other global systems by putting pollutants into the environment. You can help make a difference for our planet and for your children and grandchildren.Laura Beth Wrenn and Haley Gowen with their awards from the 2008-09 WxChallenge national forecast contest.

wind measuring device

Atmospheric Sciences Certificate

A certificate in atmospheric sciences at UGA is one that meets the educational needs of the weather and climate enthusiast. Required undergraduate atmospheric sciences coursework is combined with coursework in other disciplines to develop an academic background that is fitting for a variety of employment opportunities. Graduates may secure positions in the public and private sectors, or continue to leading graduate programs across the nation

Our Program

The Undergraduate and Graduate Interdisciplinary Certificates in Atmospheric Sciences were approved by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents in the Fall of 2000. The program started in the Spring 2001 semester. The faculty and enrollment has grown over the past decade, and now approximately 40 students are participating in the program. Our graduates have moved on to positions in the public and private sector as well as to top graduate programs across the nation.