6 places to study meteorology in the Carolinas

Heidi Finley

Gary Lackmann, a professor of marine, earth and atmospheric sciences, delivers a presentation at N.C. State University's Hunt Library. Photo courtesy of N.C. State

North Carolina State University

The Raleigh campus was ranked No. 12 on collegefactual.com’s list of top atmospheric sciences and meteorology colleges in the United States. Its Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a bachelor of science in meteorology, a bachelor of science in meteorology with a concentration in marine sciences and a minor in meteorology.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

At UNC Charlotte, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences offers a bachelor of science in meteorology. Its program highlights electives based on career paths with the National Weather Service and private companies, broadcast meteorology, environmental motoring, and graduate studies and research.

College of Charleston

The college boasts the first bachelor’s degree in meteorology offered in South Carolina. Its Department of Physics and Astronomy’s Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics Program says its bachelor of arts in meteorology is “well-suited for double majors, teachers/educators, and other individuals who would like to apply their meteorological education to non-traditional fields.” It offers two concentrations: operational meteorology and atmospheric physics.

University of North Carolina at Asheville

UNC Asheville’s program in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers a bachelor of science with three concentrations: weather forecasting and climatology – both of which fulfill federal civil service requirements – along with broadcast meteorology.

North Carolina A&T State University

The Department of Physics at the Greensboro university offers a bachelors of science in atmospheric sciences and meteorology. The program is primarily designed to prepare students for graduate studies or work with government agencies such as the National Weather Service, NASA, the Department of Defense or the Environmental Protection Agency.

East Carolina University

The Greenville campus’ Department of Geography, Planning and Environment offers a bachelor of science degree in applied atmospheric science. It says it “distinguishes itself from traditional majors in atmospheric science by including strong geographic information science, remote sensing, and instrumentation components,” adding: “This is the only program with a core mission to apply atmospheric science principles to environmental sustainability and economic prosperity.”


Heidi Finley is the editor of Carolina College Bound. Send questions or suggestions to hfinley@charlotteobserver.com