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Minor in Atmospheric Science

Appalachian’s minor in atmospheric science (PDF) is an interdisciplinary program that can help prepare students for graduate study and professional careers in meteorology, climate science, and atmospheric chemistry and air quality. Job opportunities and career options in the atmospheric sciences are very diverse, including:

  • broadcast meteorology
  • renewable energy siting and forecasting
  • seasonal climate forecasting
  • climate modeling
  • air quality forecasting and monitoring
  • instrumentation specialist 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2012 median pay of atmospheric scientists was $89,260 per year and the projected growth rate in jobs is 10% per year over the next ten years.

Student Profiles

Quinlin Riggs is a graduate student in Engineering Physics working with Dr. Thaxton in the Applied Fluids Lab. His primary role on the team is to setup and run the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model on high performance computers, manage the data, and write code (C, Python, NCL, MATLAB) for analysis and comparison of model results to radiosonde, as well as satellite-based and ground-based data. Quinlin is interning with the Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center NREIP program.