Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences


The atmospheric science program at the University at Albany is internationally renowned. The Bachelor of Science degree in atmospheric science provides a broad background in four fundamental areas of atmospheric science: synoptic and mesoscale (weather systems and forecasting), climate (general circulation and climate change), dynamic (theory and computer modeling), and physical (lightning, acid rain, cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry). The department has a highly active research program in each of these areas, so there are many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research during their studies. Students also have the ability to do a year-long internship with the conveniently located Albany National Weather Service office, and/or other private and public sector organizations in the Capital Region. Additionally, students take part in activities with the local chapter of the American Meteorological Society, attend and present research at local conferences, and participate in several local and national weather forecast competitions during their studies. Graduates obtain employment in weather forecasting in the private and public sector, TV broadcasting, scientific consulting, and in university departments and research laboratories. Graduate school and the pursuit of a Ph.D. or Master's Degree is an expected option for our graduates, and our department offers full financial support and a complete tuition waiver to most students accepted into our graduate program.

Addressing environmental problems from a scientific perspective is becoming ever more important in today's world. We are faced with an increasing number of environmental challenges such as air pollution, water and soil contamination, climate change, land degradation and loss of biodiversity. Training the next generation of environmental scientists is therefore a mission of critical importance. The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science offers an excellent education and training in these areas and prepares our students for a successful career with governmental or non-governmental organizations, environmental consulting firms, or graduate school. Our faculty members are engaged in world class research relevant to the needs of society and focusing on a wide variety of aspects within the earth system. As part of the major, students are required to choose one of three concentrations (climate, biology, or geography), which dictate the student's upper-level coursework.

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