Why earn combined degree in atmospheric sciences at UND?

Application Deadlines
Aug. 16
Dec. 15
May 1

Students seeking the combined degree may apply to the School of Graduate Studies during their junior year.

Today, our complex society and our environment are affected even more seriously by events and changes in the atmosphere. Be a part of the next generation of atmospheric scientists who continue to expand our knowledge of weather and help keep the public safe from hazards..

With this UND combined undergraduate and graduate program, you'll have opportunities to:

  • Benefit from program that allows you to tailor your curriculum by selecting from a wide variety of related fields.
  • Accelerate your path to completion of a graduate degree.
  • Work with faculty who are conducting cutting edge research with agencies such as NASA, NSF, and the Naval Research Laboratory.
  • Expand your career possibilities with an M.S. degree, which is becoming increasingly preferred by many employers.

Combined Atmospheric Science Degrees

If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, apply to UND and your program. As a current student, connect with your advisor to make sure you stay on track for the combined or accelerated program. During your junior year, you can officially apply to the School of Graduate Studies. Complete the required courses, and you'll earn both your undergraduate and graduate degree at the same time.

Atmospheric Sciences Programat UND

  • Faculty hire students to help with their research.

  • Many courses include a lab component that provide students with experiential (or hands-on) learning.

  • Complete a B.S. and a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences in 5 years.

  • Computer-based data analysis techniques are an integral part of the undergraduate program, including the use of the latest technology.

  • Atmospheric and Pre-Atmospheric Science majors are eligible to live in the Atmospheric Sciences Living & Learning Community.

Atmospheric Sciences Careers


Median salary for a geoscientist

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Projected growth for this field through 2028, faster than the average for all occupations

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Atmospheric scientists will continue to be in high demand. A new generation of meteorologists is needed to help safe-guard lives and property, as well as expand our knowledge of atmospheric processes.

UND graduates can expect exciting opportunities with professional like:

  • Weather forecaster
  • Air quality scientist
  • Graduate student
  • Meteorologist
  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Forensic meteorologist

An Atmospheric Sciences degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Weather forecasting
  • Meteorology
  • Linux
  • C (Programming Language)
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Python (Programming Language)

Where can I work with a combined atmospheric sciences degree?

Atmospheric Sciences alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Weather Service
  • Iteris, Inc.
  • Aerisweather, LLC
  • Grand Forks Park District

Atmospheric Sciences Courses You Could Take

Leaders that Do

UND students produce daily forecasts, working on weather tracking, writing scripts and on-screen experience. Students also learn how to build thermometers to gain real-world understanding of how instruments work.