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Atmospheric Sciences

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What is Atmospheric Sciences?

Atmospheric Sciences is a major that focuses on using technology to study 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 work
  • Higher education
  • Laboratory science
  • Research science

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: Northwest Community Healthcare, Pennsylvania State University, Schneider Electric View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Pennsylvania State University, University of Oklahoma View All

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

26 - 32 ACT score

1260 - 1430 SAT score

3.50 - 3.90 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

3.9 years to degree

100% freshman retention rate

64% four-year graduation rate

91% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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