As Mark Twain said, "Everyone complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it." Atmospheric scientists may not be able to change the weather, but their research contributes to our understanding of weather patterns and phenomena and helps communities prepare for and respond to severe weather events such as hurricanes, tornadoes and droughts. Additionally, atmospheric science addresses critical environmental issues such as air quality and pollution. As an atmospheric science major at UC Davis, you will work with recognized experts in the field as you develop an understanding of the roles our atmosphere plays in making Earth a habitable planet.
Atmospheric science majors from UC Davis have gone on to careers in federal and state government agencies, research and development in the private sector, and the broadcasting industry. About half of our graduates continue their education by seeking an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science.
You will begin your studies by developing a strong foundation in mathematics and the natural sciences. At the upper-division level, you will take a series of courses in weather observation, analysis and forecasting as the groundwork for the courses in specialized weather and science topics that follow. In addition to your coursework in atmospheric science, you will take advanced courses in other disciplines (such as chemistry, environmental studies or computer programming) to broaden your understanding of modern meteorology.