Atmospheric Sciences (BS)

The Atmospheric Sciences program at Ohio State is one of the top five programs in the country and the highest ranked program in Ohio. Students have access to renowned research and laboratory facilities, including a forecasting lab with AWIPS II and GR2Analyst software installed on each computer.

Our program is one of only a handful of meteorology programs in the state of Ohio that meets the 1340 Series curricular requirements established by the American Meteorological Society to apply for operational and broadcast meteorology positions. Students are at a distinct advantage in the internship and job search market, especially when applying for positions at the National Weather Service (NWS), because they graduate already having experience with the weather forecasting and analysis package currently in use at the NWS. 

Atmospheric Sciences majors are routinely selected for national internships, research programs and scholarships. In the past three years, our students have won the competitive and prestigious Hollings Scholarship. This scholarship guarantees students an internship with the National Weather Service and an $8,000 annual award for two academic years.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with a BS in Atmospheric Sciences degree are prepared for careers in operational meteorology, broadcast meteorology and meteorology positions in both the public and private sectors. Recent graduates have found employment with the National Weather Service, the Storm Prediction Center, ABC 6 News in Columbus, OH, the Weather Channel, Executive Jet Management, Twisted Citrus, Phelan Insurance and the U.S. Navy. 

In the field


The atmospheric sciences major is tailored specifically to fit the needs of students who want to pursue careers in meteorology. It is organized to provide students a foundation of knowledge and skills so they are well positioned to pursue further education or a career after graduation.

courses you might take:

ATMOSSC 2940: Basic Meteorology

Introduction to the underlying physics of the atmosphere; basic equations of thermodynamics, radiation, and dynamics are presented and used to explain selected atmospheric phenomena.

GEOG 3900: Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences

Examines the natural and human factors that force changes in our climate and environment and explores strategies for a sustainable environment in the future.

ATMOSSC 5901: Climate System Modeling: Basics and Applications

An examination of climate system modeling, including their component atmospheric, oceanic, sea ice and land surface models, and their coupling, and their applications.

GEOG 5942: Synoptic Meteorology: Severe Storm Forecasting

The theory and practice of weather forecasting. The theory and application of radar and satellite imagery in weather forecasting; emphasis on severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes; analysis of their evolution and structure.

ATMOSSC 5951: Dynamic Meteorology I

Fundamental problems in dynamic meteorology; components of the equations of atmospheric motion are derived, and vorticity and divergence in the development of meteorological systems.

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