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. Courses for Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

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:

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 3.000 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. 

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

Meet Our Students

UMass Lowell alumnus Michael Souza shakes the hand of Governor Maura Healey while another student looks on.
Michael Souza ’13, ’14 ’13, ’14
Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

Michael Souza ’13, ’14 is the go-to meteorologist at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The university helped shape me into the scientist that I am today.
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Christopher Skinner points at a weather map on a screen with Tyler Harrison looking on
Tyler Harrington
Atmospheric Science

Before starting his Ph.D. in atmospheric science at UMass Lowell, Tyler Harrington interned at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he wrote a report for Congress on how extreme weather events affect air travel.

I knew that this was a person I really wanted to work with.
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Lena Arango poses in front of a classroom sign with the words "Welcome meteorologist Lena Maria Arango."
Lena Maria Arango '19, '20
Meteorology & Atmospheric Science

Lena Maria Arango ’19, ’20 loves meteorology.

It’s never boring or static.
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Victoria is showing us the precipitation
Victoria Wisniewski '23
Meteorology & Atmospheric Science

As an aspiring broadcast meteorologist, Victoria Wisniewski was attracted to UML due to its bachelor’s-to-master’s programs, successful alumni and research opportunities.

So many opportunities have come my way, and I couldn’t be happier.
Read More About Victoria Wisniewski