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Atmospheric Sciences Program

Atmospheric Sciences Program

UGA atmospheric sciences student Shania Green, winner of the 2023 NOAA Hollings Scholarship!
Shania Green, UGA Atmospheric Sciences major and 2023 NOAA Hollings Scholar!

The University of Georgia's Atmospheric Sciences major addresses the needs of students interested in studying meteorology or climate science.

The undergraduate major can be completed easily with a double major in Geography. The major replaces the Undergraduate Certificate in Atmospheric Sciences, which 64 UGA students received between 2001-2016. If you have questions about the major, please contact the Atmospheric Sciences major undergraduate coordinator, Dr. John Knox ( 

With the appropriate selection of electives, the major meets the federal civil service requirements for employment as a meteorologist and the American Meteorological Society recommended curriculum.  Former students now work in many different fields, including operational meteorology, broadcast meteorology, aviation, geospatial and environmental consulting, emergency management, and the energy industry. 

Is it possible to major in both Atmospheric Sciences and Geography?

A resounding YES. In fact, we recommend this approach because of the added breadth and skills that you can acquire with a double major (e.g., the highly employable area of geographic information science (GIS)). If you have questions, Dr. Knox is happy to sit down with you and go through it carefully.

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