Atmospheric Sciences


What is Atmospheric Sciences?

Atmospheric Sciences is a research-based major with a curriculum focused on using cutting-edge technology and methods to study Earth’s dynamic atmosphere and understanding Earth’s weather and climate behaviors. In addition to Atmospheric Sciences, your coursework will include a firm foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. You’ll learn how to solve complex computational problems that simultaneously develop critical and analytical thinking skills, and you’ll be ready to apply these skills by providing logistical guidance to a world where almost every aspect of our global economy is weather-sensitive. Closely adhering to recommendations of the American Meteorological Society, our undergraduate program prepares you to graduate with a degree that fulfills applications for employment and graduate programs.

Career Options

  • Forecasting
  • Government work
  • Higher education
  • Laboratory science
  • Research science

Post-Graduation Success1

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Sample employer destinations: Irons Oaks Environmental Learning Center, Honeywell, Loma Linda Broadcasting Network

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

27 - 32 ACT Score

1240 - 1380 SAT Score

3.40 - 3.91 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246