Atmospheric Sciences

​Make your impact with an atmospheric sciences degree from Northern Vermont University.

NVU-Lyndon’s nationally renowned atmospheric sciences program offers motivated students with a passion for weather and climate the opportunity to learn from experts and graduate with a degree that opens doors.

Recent graduates have gone on to work at organizations like The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, and WeatherNation, while others have obtained paid opportunities to pursue graduate school in top programs around the nation. You’ll finish the program prepared to work in a variety of careers and can focus your studies by pursuing a concentration in broadcasting, climate change, graduate school, private industry, or the National Weather Service/military.

The atmospheric sciences curriculum is updated frequently​ to keep pace with developments in science as well as evolving career opportunities. For example, climate change is now incorporated into the core atmospheric sciences courses as a degree requirement. This prepares our graduates to be leading meteorologists, ready to address climate change whether in graduate school, as broadcast meteorologists, or research scientists.​

Beyond the Classroom

Atmospheric sciences majors who select the broadcast career concentration work with our on-campus TV studio for live on-air experience in conjunction with our Electronic Journalism Arts Department.

Over half of our juniors and seniors have participated in paid forecasting internships within our Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology (VIAM). They provide operational winter weather forecast support to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).

You’ll also engage in professional activities, building your network of peers early. Atmospheric science students regularly attend and present at national conferences such as the American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union annual meetings. They also conduct research projects with faculty. Students are working to better predict power outages ahead of wet snow and ice storms, learning how shortwave radiation has been changing in the Northeastern U.S., and using regional climate models to understand how climate change will impact regional weather.

NVU-Lyndon’s student chapter of The American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association is an award-winning, student-run club which organizes fundraisers, hikes, and social gatherings. The club also hosts the annual Northeastern Storm Conference, the largest and longest-running student-organized event in the nation.

Facilities

Atmospheric sciences students at our gorgeous, hilltop NVU-Lyndon campus get hands-on training in our modern facilities. We have a weather deck with an excellent view for observing the weather and launching weather balloons. We also have dedicated computer lab and research space for atmospheric sciences students.