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B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences

Cornell is the only Ivy League university that offers an undergraduate program in atmospheric sciences. Because Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is affiliated with the State University of New York (SUNY) system, we offer an Ivy League degree at a tuition that is comparable to other SUNY meteorology programs. The program features small classes and a high ratio of faculty to students, yet its location within Cornell allows students to choose from a rich variety of elective courses and extracurricular activities. In addition, the gorgeous landscape of Upstate New York provides an incredible real-life atmospheric laboratory, as weather from severe thunderstorms to lake-effect snow provides a regular variety of forecasting challenges.

The curriculum is designed with two goals in mind. The basic curriculum meets the guidelines of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and the requirements for employment in meteorology with the National Weather Service (NWS) and a variety of consulting and professional meteorological services. Students who are considering an advanced degree will also be well-prepared for graduate school, and typically add additional mathematics, physics, and atmospheric science courses to the basic curriculum. Students who wish to broaden their studies of the environment may also choose from courses in the separate earth and atmospheric sciences major, which may be completed in conjunction with the atmospheric sciences major.

In addition to a great education, Cornell offers great experiences as well. Membership in our meteorology club, the CornellChapter of the American Meteorological Society (CCAMS), is open to all atmospheric science majors and other interested students. CCAMS sponsors numerous scholastic, service, and social activities for its members - including forecast competitions, intramural sports, internship/externship opportunities, dinners with faculty, bowling parties, and more. We almost always send a large contingent of students to the AMS Annual Meeting, and students often attend smaller regional weather conferences throughout the year as well. Every April, we welcome back alumni of our program, to network with students and participate in presentations and panel discussions.

Major requirements:

Atmospheric science:

a. Core courses

  • EAS 3050 Climate Dynamics
  • EAS 3410 Atmospheric Thermodynamics and Hydrostatics
  • EAS 3420 Atmospheric Dynamics
  • EAS 3520 Synoptic Meteorology I
  • EAS 4470 Physical Meteorology
  • EAS 4510 Synoptic Meteorology II
  • Plus at least two other atmospheric courses

b.

  • See suggested electives listed below for additional courses

2. Mathematics, statistics, and computer science:

a.

  • MATH 1110 Calculus I
  • MATH 1120 Calculus II
  • MATH 1920 Multivariable Calculus for Engineers or MATH 2130 Calculus III
  • MATH 2930 Differential Equations for Engineers

b.

  • AEM 2100 Introductory Statistics or equivalent

c.

  • EAS 2900 Computer Programming and Meteorology Software or equivalent

3. Basic physical sciences:

a.

  • PHYS 2207 Fundamentals of Physics I or equivalent
  • PHYS 2208 Fundamentals of Physics II or equivalent

b.

  • CHEM 1560 Introduction to General Chemistry or equivalent

4. Suggested Electives:

Courses marked * are required for Federal Civil Service

Operational Suggested:

  • EAS 1310 Basic Principles of Meteorology
  • EAS 1330 Basic Meteorology Lab
  • EAS 1340 Introductory Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • EAS 2500 Meteorological Observations and Instruments*
  • EAS 2680 Climate and Global Warming
  • EAS 4350 Statistical Methods in Meteorology and Climatology
  • EAS 4700 Advanced Weather Forecasting and Analysis
  • EAS 4860 Tropical Meteorology and Climate

Education Suggested:

  • EAS 1310 Basic Principles of Meteorology
  • EAS 1330 Basic Meteorology Lab
  • EAS 1340 Introductory Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • EAS 2500 Meteorological Observations and Instruments*
  • EAS 4980 Teaching Experience in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Courses in ASTRO and/or EAS

Broadcasting Suggested:

  • EAS 1310 Basic Principles of Meteorology
  • EAS 1330 Basic Meteorology Lab
  • EAS 1340 Introductory Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • EAS 2500 Meteorological Observations and Instruments*
  • EAS 2680 Climate and Global Warming
  • EAS 4700 Advanced Weather Forecasting and Analysis
  • EAS 4960 Internship Experience
  • COMM 2010 Oral Communication
  • minor in communication

Business Suggested:

  • EAS 1310 Basic Principles of Meteorology
  • EAS 1330 Basic Meteorology Lab
  • EAS 2680 Climate and Global Warming
  • minor in AEM

Environmental Suggested:

  • CHEM 2070 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 2080 General Chemistry II
  • EAS 1310 Basic Principles of Meteorology
  • EAS 1330 Basic Meteorology Lab
  • EAS 1340 Introductory Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • EAS 2500 Meteorological Observations and Instruments*
  • EAS 2680 Climate and Global Warming
  • EAS 4350 Statistical Methods in Meteorology and Climatology
  • EAS 4570 Atmospheric Air Pollution
  • EAS 4800 Our Changing Atmosphere: Global Change and Atmospheric Chemistry
  • EAS 4860 Tropical Meteorology and Climate

Additional Information:

It is recommended that students who are interested in graduate study in atmospheric science take additional courses in mathematics and physics and also undertake undergraduate research that can lead to honors research.