The Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a meteorology emphasis is a unique program open to those with a Community College of the Air Force degree in weather technology (or equivalent) from the United States Air Force. It is the only online program with a meteorology emphasis in the United States leading to a Bachelor of Applied Science degree. The program was designed in close collaboration with the 25th Operational Weather Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
The mission of the program is to serve the educational needs of military personnel both locally and abroad to become professional meteorologists eligible for promotion. Read more at the Bachelor of Applied Science: Meteorology Emphasis website.
The curriculum is fully quantitative, meaning that atmospheric concepts are studied through applied physics, mathematics, and computer programming (see the Bachelor of Applied Science: Meteorology Emphasis Course List).
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Individuals completing this degree program will:
- Develop scientific skill sets to become effective leaders in weather-related careers
- Utilize the most current scientific concepts to frame and solve meteorological problems
- Develop math and physics skills suitable for use in other scientific disciplines
Some career options available to graduates from the program include:
- U.S. Air Force (meteorology or pilot training)
- National Weather Service, weather forecasting
- Governmental agencies, e.g. Environmental Protection Agency
- Environmental consulting and planning
- Environmental quality analysis, control, engineering, and law
- Water remote sensing, resource management
- Public health specialist
- Graduate-level study (Master's degree, Doctoral degree)
- Atmospheric science research at national laboratories and institutions
- High school teaching in physics and natural science
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