Atmospheric Sciences

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Atmospheric Sciences?

Atmospheric Sciences is a major that focuses on the study of Earth’s atmosphere, weather, and climate. Your coursework will also include a firm foundation in mathematics, physics, and chemistry. You’ll learn how to solve complex problems, develop critical and analytical thinking skills, and be ready to apply these skills to the world. Our program adheres to the recommendation of the American Meteorological Society. In other words, we will prepare you with a degree that satisfies applications for employment and graduate programs.

Career Options

  • Forecasting
  • Government Research Science
  • Private Industry
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Higher Education

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

34% employed after graduation

50% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$57,842 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Feezor Engineering, Loma Linda Broadcasting Network, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine View All

Sample grad school destinations: Pennsylvania State University, University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin-Madison View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Calculus preferred (if available at high school)
  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.9 years to degree

100% first-year retention rate

64% four-year graduation rate

91% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770