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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.

Course requirements assure that our graduates meet all of the requirements for certification with the American Meteorology Society (AMS) and the National Weather Association (NWA).

Career Opportunities

  • Weather forecaster: Federal government or private sector
  • Broadcast meteorology 
  • Environmental consulting 
  • Weather data specialist 
  • Fire weather
  • Marine meteorology
  • Aviation meteorology 

Program Snapshot

Credits required: 

  • Total: 120 
  • Specified LAC: 31

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Timothy Grover



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Student Spotlight

Angel Enriquez is an Operational Marine Meterologist and Risk Communicator at Weathernews, Inc.

UNC's Meterology Program not only taught me the essentials for forecasting, but the professors/AMS allowed me to grow my network and bcome a professional in [my field]

Angel Enriquez, Class of 2016