Department of Atmospheric Sciences

R. Jeff Trapp
3072 Natural History Building
1301 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
PH: (217) 333-2046

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department faculty: Atmospheric Sciences Faculty

college catalog page: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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The Science and Letters Curriculum in Atmospheric Sciences prepares students for careers in a wide range of disciplines within the atmospheric sciences including meteorology, environmental science, climate, remote sensing, atmospheric chemistry, computational science and other areas. The curriculum is tailored to achieve the student's long term educational goals, their career aspirations in atmospheric sciences and their general interests in the field. All students receive a firm foundation in mathematics, physics and chemistry and develop data analysis and computational skills that can be used in a wide range of applications within and beyond the atmospheric sciences. Students can emphasize specific areas of interest in their elective choices. Students majoring in Atmospheric Sciences will have opportunities for employment within agencies of government (e.g. the National Weather Service/NOAA, NASA, EPA, DOD, DOE), many private firms and in colleges and universities for those who continue with graduate education. All students can take part in independent study, internship or research projects as a capstone experience in their senior year. Students interested in a research career in atmospheric sciences are encouraged to undertake research projects in the capstone experience.

The undergraduate curriculum in atmospheric sciences is modeled on the recently published recommendations of the American Meteorological Society. The American Meteorological Society is the professional society for atmospheric scientists and meteorologists in the United States. Their "recommended attributes" for undergraduate degree programs in the atmospheric sciences are guidelines for graduates to be successful in finding employment or in seeking admission to graduate programs. Therefore, we have closely adhered to these recommended attributes in designing our program.

Undergraduate Programs:

major: Atmospheric Sciences, BSLAS

minor: Atmospheric Sciences