Atmospheric Sciences encompasses many areas of study that explore our atmosphere's physical characteristics, motions and processes, and how these influence all aspects of the environment and human life. Atmospheric scientists interpret and predict weather patterns, analyze climate trends, monitor air quality, working in a wide variety of agencies, laboratories, businesses and educational institutions. Professionals in the atmospheric sciences have the chance to apply their knowledge to important societal issues such as resource planning, environmental analysis, protection of health and property, improvement in water management and agricultural productivity, and energy conservation. Employment prospects in this field are expanding rapidly due to the recognition by both public agencies and private companies that weather, climate and air pollution has a strong impact on economic development, insurance risk, human and animal health, ecosystem stability, public safety, recreation and quality of life.
Students pursuing a B.S. (or Minor) degree in the Atmospheric Sciences have many opportunities to combine their studies with outdoor studies, laboratory-based research, computer-based modeling and other types of active learning with mentorship by the faculty and scientists. Examples of these activities include internships and student research projects in the Desert Research Institute (DRI) Division of Atmospheric Sciences offices in Reno and Las Vegas, in the UNR Department of Physics and other departments, internships with agencies such as the federal National Weather Service and state/county environmental offices, and employment with environmental consulting businesses.
The Atmospheric Sciences degree program at the University of Nevada, Reno will give you a very strong and adaptable science and math knowledge base with many career avenues. You'll be able to pursue jobs at federal agencies such as NASA, National Weather Service, US Forest Service, EPA, USGS and the Department of Energy. Commercial businesses such as insurance firms, investment companies, energy development, agriculture and environmental consulting hire atmospheric scientists. Science education teachers who have knowledge of the weather and climate processes are also in high demand. Additional opportunities are found in scientific laboratories and university research groups. Nature
High School Preparation
Students who have taken high school physics, advanced math (trigonometry, calculus) and chemistry will be highly qualified for success in the Atmospheric Sciences degree program. Other classwork that is related to the Atmospheric Sciences is recommended in environmental sciences, geography, and computer applications.
Students who do very well on AP exams in science and math areas may receive UNR course credit for them.