Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric Science Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Atmospheric Science consists of 18-19 semester hours and prepares students for graduate study and professional careers in meteorology, climate science, atmospheric chemistry and air quality.

For course information, visit the Undergraduate Bulletin or for 2017-18 and earlier, visit the Program of Study.

Job opportunities and career options in the atmospheric sciences are very diverse, including:

  • broadcast meteorology
  • renewable energy siting and forecasting
  • seasonal climate forecasting
  • climate modeling
  • air quality forecasting and monitoring
  • instrumentation specialist 

While pursuing a minor in atmospheric science, several research opportunities exist, including:

  • Regional weather modeling
  • Air pollution effects on plants
  • Aerosol monitoring and chemical analysis
  • Synoptic climatology, orographic precipitation, snow and ice, and tropical climate-glacier interactions
  • Ecosystems and hydrologic cycles
  • Image processing, wavelets, parallel and distributed computing and stochastic simulations 

Examples of Student Research 

Central AndesStudent researchers worked with Dr. Baker Perry and collaborators in the NSF funded Integrated Climate Research and Education: Central Andes Precipitation Project (ICECAP) in Peru and Bolivia. -


AppalAirStudents assist faculty working to better understand air pollution formation and transport, the relationship of pollution and natural aerosol sources to a changing climate, and their impacts on regional ecosystems, weather and climate in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. -


Physics Research
Students work with computer models to better understand the complex atmospheric dynamics in the Southern Appalachians.  - applied-fluids-laboratory






 For more information, contact:

 Baker Perry

 Dr. Baker Perry

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
Phone: 828-262-7597

Chris Thaxton

Dr. Chris Thaxton

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office: Garwood Hall
Phone: 828-262-6836