Atmospheric Science’s undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Students have access to excellent research and teaching facilities, including the UWM supercomputer and a dedicated computer lab for student and research use. A high faculty-to-student ratio ensures close contact between students and faculty, and students work directly with faculty members with expertise across the atmospheric sciences. Undergraduate students are exposed to the latest research findings and have hands-on research opportunities early in their studies. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to participate in the active Atmo Club student organization and in the Innovative Weather program.Program Coordinator.
All undergraduate program admissions are handled through UWM’s Admissions Office. For more information about applying to UWM and the undergraduate program in Atmospheric Science, see our How to Apply page, or visit the UWM Admissions Office website.
A career in atmospheric science is very rewarding because of the impact weather and climate have on everyday life. You will find atmospheric scientists in many different roles: nearly 36% work in the private sector; 33% for governmental agencies; 24% at educational institutions or laboratories; and 7% in the media. Increasingly, many jobs within the field require a master’s degree (MS) and/or a doctoral degree (PhD).
According to the American Meteorological Society, atmospheric scientists with less than five years of experience have average salaries of $40,000 to $50,000, increasing to a median of $90,000 with experience. Salaries can vary greatly depending upon the type of company.
Beyond the Classroom
Innovative Weather is UWM’s 24/7 weather operation that serves radio, utility and transportation clients by providing highly-customized forecasts on a subscription basis. Rather than following traditional weather business models, Innovative Weather focuses on understanding its clients’ business needs and how weather can impact operations, staffing and profitability. Forecasts produced by Innovative Weather are designed to mitigate business risk for the client. Innovative Weather employs graduate and undergraduate students to give them hands-on experience in operational meteorology.
Innovative Weather is housed in the Alumni House, approximately 1/2 mile east of the main UWM campus and adjacent to Lake Michigan. For further information about Innovative Weather, please visit their website or see the July 2010 Bull. of the Amer. Meteor. Society feature on the program.
UWM’s Atmospheric Science program is home to the Greater Milwaukee chapter of the American Meteorological Society, a local professional organization, and Atmospheric Science Club, comprised of students who share an enthusiasm for the atmospheric sciences.
UWM offers the world’s first faculty-led study-abroad program in Atmospheric Science. In this course, you can explore the effects of acid rain on Mexico’s cultural heritage sites.