The field of Atmospheric Sciences has grown and diversified in recent years. Accordingly, at Lyndon, our nationally-ranked niche curriculum is not focused on one traditional career concentration; rather, it is structured to prepare you for any one of a number of career possibilities. Our students are encouraged to select more than one career concentration, allowing them to tailor their education to their particular interests and strengths. For example, along with climate change, students may add the graduate school concentration. Career concentration(s) are generally chosen during the sophomore year.
⇒ Refer to the LSC College Catalog for detailed course and credit information for each concentration listed below.
Our changing climate has important environmental and societal implications locally, regionally, nationally, and around the world. Lyndon’s Climate Change career concentration provides a firm foundation in the theory and analysis of climate observations. Students learn how to obtain and work with climate data using a variety of programming languages for statistical analyses and visualization. This new career concentration will prepare students for an exciting career in the fast-paced field of climate change research.
Our broadcasting career concentration is one of the best in the country. This concentration brings together our scientific rigor with presentation skills honed in our Emmy-winning Television Studies Department. Students have access to industry standard technology as they prepare on air shows given in the Television Studies Department studio. When the Broadcast Education Association created a new national award for Best Student Weathercaster in 2004, LSC students Jared Kaplan (‘05), Sean Parker (‘06) and Brandon Wholey (‘08) won the award three of the first four years. Students are able to take courses taught by Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel to hone their on-air skills.
Many Atmospheric Science graduates have long been interested in a career with the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS is the largest employer of forecasters across the country. In addition to forecasting, Lyndon graduates have also pursued careers within the NWS related to hydrology, IT, management, and operational research. Lyndon graduates can be found in NWS offices all across the country. Our graduates have also successfully pursued forecasting careers in the Military. Many have enlisted in the Armed Services while others have landed civilian jobs.
Students choose this career concentration if they are interested in teaching, research or even a career in the National Weather Service. Typically, students obtain these jobs at Laboratories or Colleges and Universities across the country. Our curriculum does a great job in preparing students for advanced study. Lyndon Atmospheric Science students have successfully completed advanced degrees at Universities that include MIT, Penn State, Colorado State, Florida State, University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin, University of Rhode Island, and many others.
The Private Sector of Meteorology has seen tremendous growth in recent years. We have designed this concentration after careful and thoughtful consultation with professionals in the private sector to ensure our students have the requisite skills to embark on a successful career. The types of careers that our graduates are involved with are wide ranging. Examples include working at or founding commercial forecasting companies, IT, marketing meteorological hardware and software, trading in the commodities markets, and developing satellite technology.