B.S. Earth Sciences: Meteorology Emphasis
The science of meteorology seeks to understand the atmosphere and its phenomena by considering the forces that act on it, the processes that determine its behavior and the interaction between it and the earth beneath. This program provides a broad background in meteorology and stresses practical interpretation of weather data and the importance of meteorology to many aspects of human endeavor.
The meteorology emphasis builds a foundation in the sciences that prepares students for graduate school and provides the experience necessary to be ready to take a job in weather forecasting.
METEOROLOGY WAS RECENTLY RANKED #1 IN COLLEGE MAJORS WITH THE LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT BY USA TODAY.
Course requirements assure that our graduates meet all of the recommended guidelines for undergraduate curriculum set forth by the American Meteorology Society (AMS) and satisfy all requirements for a career in the National Weather Service.
- Weather forecaster: Federal government or private sector
- Broadcast meteorology
- Environmental consulting
- Weather data specialist
- Fire weather
- Marine meteorology
- Aviation meteorology
Learn more about Meteorology Careers
Learn how to navigate a career in Meteorology through this Career Compass
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- Specified LAC: 31
Quality Facilities & Resources
- Dedicated classroom and laboratory space
- Access to UNC's High Performance Computing (HPC) facility
- Weather station and weather cam
- NWS cooperative observing weather station
- Interactive weather wall installed in the Meteorology Lab
- In-house sounding system for weather balloon launches
- 3-credit, 10-day Storm Chasing on the Great Plains course held in May
- Affiliations with CSU's CHILL Radar
- Collaborations with the Center for Severe Weather Research
- Active Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
- Local to the National Center for Atmospheric Research and NWS forecast offices
- Broadcast Internship opportunities
- On-campus broadcast experiences through Bear News
- UNC is a Member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Angel Enriquez is an Operational Marine Meterologist and Risk Communicator at Weathernews, Inc.
UNC's Meteorology Program not only taught me the essentials for forecasting, but the professors [helped] me to grow my network and become a professional in Meteorology.Angel Enriquez, Class of 2016