As a Meteorology & Atmospheric Science major, you will study meteorology, weather forecasting, climatology and air pollution; the program also fulfills the education requirements for federally employed meteorologists.

What courses will you take?

The B.S. in Meteorology & Atmospheric Science provides a solid foundation in chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics and interdisciplinary understanding how the earth system works. 

Sample courses include Earth Systems, Weather Patterns, and Satellite and Radar Meteorology. Many of our courses provide hands-on experiences through field trips, applied measurements in the field and analyses in analytical laboratories to measure major and trace elements and pollutants. 

In addition to forecasting of weather, extreme events and climate, you will learn how to assess climate change impacts and climate variability and study air pollution sources, forecasting and control.

UMass Lowell offers the only atmospheric science/meteorology major at a public university in Massachusetts.

View the Academic Catalog for a complete course listing and to learn about Geology minor and Climate Change and Sustainability minor.

  • Degree Pathways are a semester-by-semester sequence of courses recommended for successful completion of a degree, diploma, credential or certificate from the university. The most current degree pathway is:

    Visit the Academic Catalog for all degree pathways, including those from prior enrollment years.

Why study meteorology and atmospheric science at UMass Lowell?

Professor Frank Colby of the EEAS department pointing to large, interactive weather monitor

Digital Weather Wall

Our Digital Weather Wall allows for real-time forecasting and analyses of weather and climate patterns on a large high-resolution display.


Research Opportunities

Work with UMass Lowell faculty on current research, including:

  • Global-scale and regional weather and climate modeling
  • Forecasting of weather and extreme events
UMass Lowell meteorology student Eric Roy in a field with a beautiful sky behind him

Fun Outside the Classroom

Put your learning into practice. Check out some of the fun ways UML students come together.

Three UMass Lowell students take weather readings with equipment

Bachelor’s-to-Master's Program

Get on the fast track to an advanced degree with our Bachelor's-to-Master's program.

  • Available to juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Offers a continuous, coordinated sequence of courses
  • Reduced credit-hour requirements can save you time and money

What can you do with a degree in meteorology & atmospheric science?

Graduates of the UMass Lowell Meteorology & Atmospheric Science program acquire the tools to work in a wide range of consulting and forecasting careers, or to continue on to graduate school. 

UMass Lowell meteorology graduate Lena Dziechowski on the TV set

Meteorologists and atmospheric scientists are employed by diverse industries, including:

  • Commercial aviation companies
  • Federal government
    (such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Weather Service, and the Department of Defense) 
  • Private consulting firms
  • State and local governments
  • Television meteorology