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UAH's Atmospheric and Earth Science Department provides students with a wide variety of research options, spanning atmosphere science/meteorology and Earth sciences. Students graduating with a bachelor’s degrees will possess knowledge and analytical skills in topics related to GIS/remote sensing, atmospheric science/meteorology, or human dimension societal impacts (HDSI), and will be well-prepared to continue into a MS degree, or enter their selected career field. 


Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice from their Advisor when selecting their concentrations and designing their programs.

Atmospheric & Earth Science, BS - Atmospheric Science & Meteorology Concentration

Students will learn about weather analysis and predictability, climate and global change, the circulation of the atmosphere relating to weather systems and their impact on the Earth, air quality, and other atmospheric processes that affect us. This is an interdisciplinary field of study that combines the components of physics and chemistry that focus on the structure and dynamics of Earth’s atmosphere. Mathematical tools, such as differential equations and vector analysis, and computer systems are used to evaluate the physical and chemical relations that describe the workings of the atmosphere.


Atmospheric & Earth Science, BS - GIS & Remote Sensing Concentration

Remote sensing provides us with a continuous and constant source of information about the Earth, and geographic information systems (GIS) are a methodology for handling all of this geographic data. Students will learn to carry out large scale analyses of the Earth's surface and, at the same time, provide increasingly detailed knowledge on many planetary variables and improve our understanding of its functioning. These analyses are essential for decision-making on the sustainable management of natural resources, designing networks of protected areas, and addressing the threats of global change.


Atmospheric & Earth Science, BS - Human Dimensions & Societal Impacts Concentration

Students will learn how and why humans value natural resources, how humans want resources managed, and how humans affect or are affected by management decisions surrounding natural resources. HDSI covers a variety of ideas and practices including cultural, social, and economic values; individual and social behaviour; demographics; legal and institutional frameworks of management; communication and education; and, decision-making processes.