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Undergraduate Major

Why Choose Atmospheric And Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland?

AOSC is ranked in the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.

Flexible program allows students to tailor the major to their interests, whether it's atmospheric chemistry or weather forecasting.

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Course plans satisfy American Meteorological Society guidelines for a B.S. degree in atmospheric science.

Students conduct research and intern at NASA, NOAA, NIST, the EPA, WeatherBug (Earth Networks), Weather Analytics and more.

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Students can begin research projects their freshman year and conclude with a one-year original capstone research project or internship.

Student volunteers operate UMD Weather Service to gain experiences in operational meteorology and forecasting beyond the classroom.

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Students maintain and run their own weather model multiple times a day, producing unique local data.

Get accepted to top graduate programs and work at government research laboratories and private-sector forecasting companies.

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Are awarded prestigious scholarships and fellowships, such as NOAA Hollings Scholarships and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Globally Ranked

Ranked among the Top 10 oceanography, atmospheric sciences and meteorology programs by the National Research Council.

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Academic Ranking of World Universities

UMD ranks 8th among U.S. public institutions in the 2019 Academic Ranking of World Universities for earth sciences.

10th
Nature Index Ranking

UMD ranks 10th among U.S. public universities in the 2019 Nature Index for earth & environmental sciences, which focuses on high-quality research output.

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Best Global Universities Ranking

UMD ranks 12th among U.S. public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings for environment/ecology.

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Best Graduate Schools

UMD ranks 16th among U.S. public institutions in the U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools rankings for earth sciences.