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Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology

"This is the best program in the country in regard to return on investment.”

- 2015 Atmospheric Sciences Graduate

Lyndon’s Atmospheric Sciences Department is widely recognized as one of the finest undergraduate programs in the nation. Recent grads have gone on to work at The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, and Weather Services International, just to name a few. Students are prepared to work in a variety of careers, with concentrations available in broadcasting, climate change, graduate school, private industry, and the national weather service/military.

The Atmospheric Sciences degree is NEBHE eligible (tuition discount) in ALL New England States (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI). But we go better than that with our stackable awards.

This past spring, ATM students Francis Tarasiewicz and Kevin Christensen won forecasting trophies in the WxChallenge. Lyndon finished overall in the top third of all ranked schools in the country, with three team members winning trophies during the Beckley, West Virginia forecast period.

 

Atmospheric Sciences, B.S.

Concentrations

Broadcasting

Lyndon’s ATM broadcasting concentration boasts 100% job placement within six months of graduating—for eleven years straight.

Our broadcasting career concentration is one of the best in the country. This concentration brings together our scientific rigor with presentation skills honed in our Emmy-winning Electronic Journalism Arts Department. Students have access to industry standard technology as they prepare on air shows given in the Electronic Journalism Arts Department studio.

Lyndon alumni work in 25% of the nation media markets. Our program gives a strong blend of science and performance training.

Students even get to take classes taught by Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel to hone their on-air skills.

Climate Change

Our changing climate has important environmental and societal implications locally, regionally, nationally, and around the world. Lyndon’s Climate Change career concentration provides a firm foundation in the theory and analysis of climate observations. Students learn how to obtain and work with climate data using a variety of programming languages for statistical analysis and visualization. This new career concentration will prepare students for an exciting career in the fast-paced field of climate change research.

Graduate School

Students choose this career concentration if they are interested in teaching, research, or even a career in the National Weather Service. Typically, students obtain these jobs at laboratories or colleges and universities across the country. Our curriculum does a great job in preparing students for advanced study. Lyndon Atmospheric Science students have successfully completed advanced degrees at universities that include MIT, Penn State, Colorado State, Florida State, University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin, University of Rhode Island, and many others.

National Weather Service / Military

Many Atmospheric Science graduates have long been interested in a career with the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS is the largest employer of forecasters across the country. In addition to forecasting, Lyndon graduates have also pursued careers within the NWS related to hydrology, IT, management, and operational research. Lyndon graduates can be found in NWS offices all across the country. Our graduates have also successfully pursued forecasting careers in the military. Many have enlisted in the Armed Services while others have landed civilian jobs.

Private Industry

The private sector of meteorology has seen tremendous growth in recent years. We have designed this concentration after careful and thoughtful consultation with professionals in the private sector to ensure our students have the requisite skills to embark on a successful career. The types of careers that our graduates are involved with are wide-ranging. Examples include working at or founding commercial forecasting companies, IT, marketing meteorological hardware and software, trading in the commodities markets, and developing satellite technology.

Required Courses

Atmospheric Sciences Courses

Requirements include Mathematics and Science courses, the Atmospheric Science program required courses, and at least one of the career concentrations. Note: in order to complete the program in three years, students must be placed into MAT 2532 (Calculus II) and PHY 2061 (Physics I) during the fall semester of the student’s first year.

Mathematics and Science: (22 Credits)

Atmospheric Sciences Courses: (39 Credits)

Students must take the courses below plus choose at least one career concentration by the end of their sophomore year:

 

Broadcasting Concentration (14 Credits)

Climate Change Concentration (15 Credits)

Graduate School Concentration (12-14 Credits)

National Weather Service/Military Concentration (15 Credits)

Private Industry Concentration (14-16 Credits)

Atmospheric Sciences Minor

Requirements

Electives: (6 Credits)

6 credits chosen from among the ATM, CIS, ENV, MAT, or PHY 2000 or higher courses.

Note: ATM 4710 requires department permission; ATM 4820 and ATM 4900 are not included.

Pre-Atmospheric Sciences Program

Preparation

Motivated students whose science or math background needs to be improved for a successful college experience in atmospheric sciences are enrolled in this preparatory group of courses.  Students typically include one or more mathematics courses to prepare for college pre-calculus (the starting mathematics course in atmospheric sciences degree programs) and a physics course to prepare for college calculus-based physics (the starting physics course in atmospheric sciences degree programs).  Students beginning their study of atmospheric sciences with these preparatory courses will require at least five years for a B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences.

"I learned valuable career skills that left me confident going into the field."

- 2015 Atmospheric Sciences Graduate

Lyndon offers a diverse curriculum that integrates theory and hands-on learning. The preparation students receive in and out of the classroom ensures a high (90%) job placement in a variety of career paths.

Our broadcast curriculum is one of the best in the country. The College’s student-produced daily newscast, News 7, includes a forecast prepared and presented on camera by student meteorologists. To support our growing department, we have a new facility with state-of-the-art technology, including a Weather Center, which provides live weather observations from our campus weather station.

A Nationally Recognized Program

Atmospheric Sciences majors may work with our on-campus TV studio for live on-air experience in conjunction with our national award-winning Electronic Journalism Arts/Television Studies department.

Over half of our juniors and seniors have participated in paid internships within our Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology (VIAM).

Lyndon students and faculty work together on severe weather research projects. Our ROTC graduates have gone on to impressive military careers such as conducting research and forecasting for take-offs and landings of the space shuttle and briefing generals at NATO headquarters in Germany.

Lyndon’s chapter of The American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association is an award-winning, student run club which hosts The Annual Storm Conference, the largest and longest running student organized event in the nation.