The atmospheric sciences department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in two concentrations that
prepare students for employment upon graduation or for further studies at the graduate level. Both
concentrations fulfill federal civil service requirements for employment as a meteorologist. A
climatology concentration provides a strong preparation for graduate work with a specialization
in climatology and mathematics. The National Climatic Data Center, located in Asheville,
represents a unique resource for students. In the weather forecasting concentration, students
learn the basics of weather analysis and forecasting and how to communicate meteorological
information to the public. Students are encouraged to focus their career objectives through
enrollment in cooperative education and internship courses.
Our faculty members emphasize a quality undergraduate education with close student–faculty interaction. Undergraduates have the opportunity to work with faculty specializing in tropical meteorology, severe weather, mesoscale and synoptic weather unique to Western North Carolina, and atmospheric modeling.