For Students

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.


Research Opportunities

The Physics and Astronomy department at Appalachian State University is active in providing research opportunities to students who are seeking them. Below is a list of research opportunities different professors are doing at AppalAIR.

Dr. James Sherman

Dr. Sherman works on aerosol research. He collaborates with professors at other universities to occasionally apply his research in other countries. Students who interested in geophysics and seismology, atmospheric sciences, or air quality using field measurements and want to conduct research aboard may in interested in the NSF-IRES International Research in Geosciences in Botswana program. Contact Dr. Sherman for more information.