Undergraduate Resources

Meteorology Program

The Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology/climatology. This program combines basic atmospheric science and climatology courses with a rigorous training in mathematics, computer science, and physics.

This comprehensive degree program will prepare students for possible employment in state, federal, and private agencies, which are involved in the many applied fields of meteorology/climatology. This series of courses will also assist the student in preparation for graduate level studies in meteorology/climatology.

The meteorology/climatology degree program fulfills the recommended curriculum of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The degree program also meets or exceeds the minimum hiring requirements of the National Weather Service. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a member of UCAR.


Dawn Kopacz
220C Bessey Hall

Academic Requirements

Major in Meteorology
Advising checklist
Recommended schedule

Minor in Meteorology

Meteorology emphasis
METR 200, 205, 311, 323, 341, plus one METR course at the 400 level.

Climatology emphasis
METR 200, 475, and 4 courses from the following courses: METR 408, 450, 470, 478, 479, 483, 487, or 498.

Geology Program

The Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences offers both the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in Geology. The Bachelor of Science program is designed for those who expect to become professional geologists and/or continue in graduate work. Undergraduate training in geology is beneficial in many other fields such as teaching at the pre-college level, urban planning, law, civil engineering, environmental studies, and museum work. Students preparing for these or similar areas are advised to take the Bachelor of Arts program, which is strong in fundamental geology but does not provide the ancillary math and science requirements for admission for most graduate study in geology.

Highlights of the Geology Undergraduate Program include:

  • A summer course in Wyoming (senior year for BS students, not required for BA students), which provides hands-on experience with geology skills in a classic setting world famous for its dinosaur fossils.
  • The Schramm course in economic and exploration geology includes field trips to classic geological locations. Recent destinations include California, the Bahamas, Australia, the Gulf Coast, and Canada. Because these trips are funded by geology alumni, students do not have to pay for transportation or lodging.
  • Undergraduate research is a major facet of the program, with many students completing a senior research thesis while working in the laboratories of active researchers.
  • Low faculty-to-student ratio and small major classes provide for individual attention and education.
  • Strong alumni-supported scholarship program for top students.
  • Opportunities to participate in “Dinosaurs and Disasters,” an annual event at the University of Nebraska State Museum. This event has attracted record crowds to the museum.
  • Excellent employment outlook. All of our recent graduates have landed jobs in geology or have gone on to pursue a higher degree in the geosciences.


Dr. David Watkins
330 Bessey Hall

Academic Requirements

Field Trips

Many of the geology courses require field trips that often include camping and primitive conditions. The number of trips and their duration vary with each course.