Undergraduate Students

Applied Atmospheric Science

Can you picture yourself helping people prepare for our changing environment? Are you interested in becoming a weather forecaster? Do you want to get ready for a research career in meteorology? The Department of Geography's Applied Atmospheric Science program can help you get there.

The B.S. degree in Applied Atmospheric Science prepares you to apply knowledge of weather and climate, meteorological observations, and forecasting to the societal challenges of natural hazards and climate change. You will learn the latest geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems and cartographic design, and apply them to understanding coastal hazards, severe weather, and hydrology. ECU Geography maintains two state-of-the-art weather stations to monitor weather and climate variables in the heart of the city and at a rural field site.

We now offer a minor in Atmospheric Science !

Check out our ECU Pirates Weather Forecast Team resource!

Watch what students and faculty have to say about the Applied Atmospheric Science degree at ECU Geography.

The M.S. degree in Geography provides the opportunity to conduct climate-related research to prepare you for government and private sector careers, or for further graduate study in Atmospheric Science. Our graduate program reflects the research interests of our very diverse faculty. The diversity of the program affords students the opportunity to address their research problem from a very interdisciplinary standpoint. Students interested in the Atmospheric Sciences will have an opportunity to apply their research to real-world issues while honing their skills in geospatial technologies. Our students are encouraged to participate in regional and National conferences, and often join their advisors on publications in professional journals or proceedings. Students with an interest in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Large-scale precipitation variability
  • South American and West African monsoon
  • Precipitation climatology in the Southeast US
  • Biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  • Regional hydrometeorology
  • Societal applications of natural hazards research

Graduate research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Visit the Geography Graduate Program for details on how to apply.

Whether you're interested in undergraduate or graduate study, the Applied Atmospheric Science program will give you a one-of-a-kind preparation for 21st century careers in the atmospheric sciences.

Weather Hazards

North Carolina is often in the path of hurricanes, which bring floods and high winds to farmland and urban centers alike. Weather hazards present tough challenges for our region, and we will help you help others prepare for them! Our students recently had a close encounter with Hurricane Irene, making observations that aided in the recovery.

Climate Change

The challenges our society faces as our climate changes are upon us. We must adapt our energy use, water resources, emergency management, health, industry and business to a changing world. Our program stands ready to give you the knowledge and the tools to be part of the solution.


From making meteorological observations to interpreting weather maps, you'll learn the skills you'll need to become a weather forecaster. Prepare for a career in the National Weather Service, work for private industry, or go on the air at local or national media outlets, presenting critical forecasts that can save lives! 

Visit the American Meteorological Society Career Resource Center for more information on careers in atmospheric science.


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