Get Your Hands Dirty
Get Your Hands Dirty

Undergraduate Resources

Undergraduates can pursue:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology-Climatology
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology


Imagine severe weather breaking out along a cold front stretching to the south while a blizzard approaches from the west — that’s Nebraska weather, a natural outdoor laboratory for studying weather and climate. You will have access to state-of-the-art weather analysis laboratory where you can collaborate with other students as you examine real-time surface, upper-air, radar, and satellite data. You can gain real-world experience and build your resume through participation in field studies, internships, and education abroad.

Our highly ranked undergraduate research programs give you the opportunity to work with faculty on cutting-edge research. A small student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you get to know your professors, and they get to know you. You can join the student chapter of the American Meteorological Society, which meets monthly and sponsors guest speakers, a forecast contest, an annual banquet, and field trips including the National Severe Storm Lab in Oklahoma, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

A major in Meteorology-Climatology opens the door to your future career in the exciting and ever-changing world of weather and climate. This major is comprehensive, but flexible so that you can pursue you own interests within the broad field of atmospheric sciences, while meeting the federal government requirements for employment as a meteorologist.

You will build a solid foundation in Meteorology-Climatology with core courses that combine basic atmospheric science with training in mathematics, computer science, and physics. You will apply this knowledge as you learn analytical problem solving and forecasting techniques, methods for atmospheric measurements, and how the atmosphere interacts with other components of the earth system. Choose from elective courses in Severe Storms, Air Pollution, Tropical Meteorology, Global Climate Change, Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere, and many more.

Meteorology courses

Meteorology Undergraduate Advisor

Dr. Dawn Kopacz
220C Bessey Hall


As a Geology major, you will have access to hundreds of activities and groups related to specific academic, social, cultural, or political interests. Geoscientists enjoy the outdoors as their natural laboratory and many classes take field trips to geologically significant sites around the United States. The student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists offer opportunities for cocurricular social and field interaction with fellow geology students and faculty. Involvement in any of these activities and organizations builds leadership, communication, and organizational skills and helps you to make new friends with those who have similar interests.

A major in Geology offers you a broad range of study, encompassing a blend of the physical and biological sciences but adding the fourth dimension of geologic time. You will engage in a field- and laboratory-oriented program of study that exposes you to the full spectrum of geological experiences. Research projects will carry you around the world to remote localities in Antarctica, Australia, South America, Canada, Europe, and all of the world’s oceans.

Introductory courses are Physical Geology, which focuses on Earth’s structure, composition, and the physical processes that shape the Earth, and Historical Geology, which treats the evolution of Earth and life from their origins to the present. Higher-level courses emphasize mineralogy, geochemistry, rock origins, Earth structure, and geophysics. All of these courses prepare the student for a six-week summer field course.

Geology courses

Geology Undergraduate Advisor

Dr. David Watkins
329 Bessey Hall

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