Make your impact with an atmospheric sciences degree from Northern Vermont University.
NVU-Lyndon’s nationally renowned atmospheric sciences program offers motivated students with a passion for meteorology, weather, and climate the opportunity to learn from experts and graduate with a degree that opens doors.
Recent graduates have gone on to work at organizations like The Weather Channel, AccuWeather, and WeatherNation, while others have obtained paid opportunities to pursue graduate school in top meteorology programs around the nation. You’ll finish the program prepared to work in a variety of careers and can focus your studies by pursuing a concentration in broadcasting, climate change, graduate school, private industry, or the National Weather Service/military.
The atmospheric sciences curriculum is updated frequently to keep pace with developments in science as well as evolving career opportunities. For example, climate change is now incorporated into the core atmospheric sciences courses as a degree requirement. This prepares our graduates to be leading meteorologists, ready to address climate change whether in graduate school, as broadcast meteorologists, or research scientists. Interested in a degree in climate change science? View the full climate change science degree here.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
As a Lyndon ATM student, you’ll enhance the knowledge you gain from your coursework with hands-on, real-world experience with internships, professional development opportunities, and more.
Over half of our juniors and seniors have participated in paid forecasting internships within our Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology (VIAM). They provide operational winter weather forecast support to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).
You’ll also engage in professional activities, building your network of peers early. Atmospheric science students regularly attend and present at national conferences such as the American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union annual meetings. They also conduct research projects with faculty. Students are working to better predict power outages ahead of wet snow and ice storms, learning how shortwave radiation has been changing in the Northeastern U.S., and using regional climate models to understand how climate change will impact regional weather.
NVU-Lyndon’s student chapter of The American Meteorological Society/National Weather Association is an award-winning, student-run club which organizes fundraisers, hikes, and social gatherings. The club also hosts the annual Northeastern Storm Conference, the largest and longest-running student-organized event in the nation.
Northeastern Storm Conference
Featuring over 300 students and professionals from a wide variety of institutions around the northeast and beyond, the annual, student-run Northeastern Storm Conference allows its attendees to present their newest research in the field of atmospheric sciences to their fellow colleagues. Learn more about the conference on the Lyndon AMS and NWA chapter website.
Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology
The Vermont Institute of Applied Meteorology (VIAM) gives ATM students the chance to put their education into real-world practice. They conduct research, create forecasts, and communicate with clients. The longest-running VIAM project is operational winter weather forecast support to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans).
The Climate Consensus group was established in 2014 by Lyndon students and faculty to teach undergraduate students about effective ways to communicate basic climate change science to non-scientists and improve public understanding of climate change science and the consensus gap, moving us toward a more sustainable future. Learn more about the group and its work here.
Internship at Local 22 and Local 44
Sarah Levesque interned at Local 22 and Local 44 in Colchester, VT under the supervision of Chief Meteorologist Sean Parker. For her internship, Sarah created graphics, constructed weather blurbs, and did green screen work.
Internship at the University of Grenada in Spain
Sarah-Ellen Calise spent a summer studying abroad at the University of Granada in Spain, where she completed an internship that involved assessing calibration factors for cloud radar, examining how aerosols impact cloud formation, and assisting with the installation of a cloud radar at the university.
Internship at WTNH News 8 in New Haven, CT
Junior Radek Przygodzki completed an internship at WTNH News 8 in New Haven, CT. He created weathercasts by working in front of the green screen and other TV studio equipment, as well as updating the forecast by using numerical weather models and other forecasting methods.
John Marshall Observation Deck
Our observation deck, close to our atmospheric sciences classrooms, provides 360-degree views and is an ideal location to observe weather and launch weather balloons.
The Donald and Carmella Dalton Weather Center
The Donald and Carmella Dalton Weather Center, which students may access for research at any time, contains four 40″ monitors that display latest conditions, radar, satellite, and model forecasts, as well as climate data.
Students in the broadcast concentration have access to the Electronic Journalism Arts (EJA) department’s facilities, which includes WSI Max weather graphics computers (the same as TV stations) and EJA’s full television studio. Students create daily live broadcasts, available on News 7’s Facebook page.
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