What will I learn?

Program Description

Students with interest in severe weather, climate change, forecasting, broadcast meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, remote sensing, and many other areas may find a home in the Atmospheric Sciences. Study in this field seeks to understand the behavior and predictability of the earth's atmosphere. Atmospheric scientists need a good foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science, and the University of Utah’s program offers training in these areas and others, such as meteorology and climate. As a natural extension of the geographic setting of the university, the atmospheric sciences degree uniquely emphasizes mountain weather and climate. Ultimately, this program provides the knowledge and tools needed to address the challenges posed by hazardous weather and climate change in the 21st century.

Career Opportunities

In addition to technical skills and training, this versatile program ultimately allows students to develop an academic background that is appropriate for work in a number of fields. Alumni have gained employment in federal and state agencies (such as NASA and Transportation and Air Quality), the Air Force Weather Service, the private sector (such as aviation agriculture industries), and broadcast meteorology. Become a meteorologist, mining engineer, climatologist, hydrologist, or research and development engineer. The program is also excellent preparation for pursuing advanced degrees in the atmospheric or related sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of core concepts in the atmospheric sciences involving fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, and air chemistry
  • Demonstrate how basic understanding of the atmosphere can be applied to diverse interdisciplinary applications
  • Apply measurement principles, numerical and statistical analysis methods, and a high‐level structured programming language to investigate atmospheric processes and environmental problems
  • Possess the ability to communicate in both written and oral forms with peer and lay audiences using scientific evidence
  • Apply basic and applied knowledge through completion of a capstone education, research, or work experience
  • Demonstrate understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities expected of scientists
  • Be prepared for higher‐level education or to embark on a career with skills adaptable to evolving opportunities in the workforce

Which department am I in?

College of Mines and Earth Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$33,000.00 per year
Application deadline

1 April 2022, 15 July 2022

Start date

11 May 2022, 15 August 2022


College of Mines and Earth Sciences

Frederick Albert Sutton Building,

115 S 1460 E, Room 205,



84112, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Freshman applicants who are completing or have completed their secondary education (high school) and have not yet attended any post-secondary institution (college or university).

English proficiency: iBT/TOEFL 80 or higher; IELTS 6.5 or higher; Duolingo 105 or higher.


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