Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences BS

Are you fascinated by the power of storms or concerned about the impact of forest fires? Are you eager to explore the mysteries of weather and its influence on our environment? Do you enjoy the outdoors and are fascinated with how parts of the ecosystem connect?  If so, our Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences degree is tailor-made for you! Get ready for an exciting journey into the world of meteorology, water ecology, air quality control, emergency management, and so much more.

Embrace Your Passion

At South Dakota Mines, we believe that passion is the fuel for greatness. Our Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences degree is designed to nurture your enthusiasm for weather and environmental studies. With a comprehensive curriculum and expert faculty, you’ll dive deep into various fields of study, including:

  • Weather Forecasting
  • Severe Storms
  • Fire Meteorology
  • Water Ecology
  • Climate Change
  • Air Quality Control
  • Emergency Management

Real-World Learning with Prestigious Guidelines

Our faculty is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive learning experience that meets the highest standards. We adhere to federal guidelines set forth by prestigious organizations like the National Weather Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Geological Survey. Rest assured that you’ll receive cutting-edge education and training, preparing you to tackle real-world challenges in the field.

A Unique Weather and Environmental Laboratory, Just Outside

Located between the Northern Great Plains and the Black Hills, our university offers a unique advantage. The diverse range of weather conditions in our area provides the perfect laboratory for studying atmospheric phenomena. From the impact of mountain ranges in the Black Hills to the influence of Canadian fronts and Gulf of Mexico air, you’ll witness the dynamic interplay of weather elements. This means ample opportunities to witness storms and study their aftermath, making your learning experience truly immersive and exciting.

Meteorology Specialization – From Severe Storms to Climate Change

If you dream of becoming a weather expert, our meteorology specialization is your gateway to success. You’ll delve into atmospheric dynamics, radar technology, weather forecasting, and mathematics. This comprehensive curriculum will not only prepare you for work with the National Weather Service or local news stations but also open doors to careers in industries where weather plays a significant role, such as emergency management, planning boards, and airlines.

Environmental Specialization – Exploring the Connections in the World Around Us

Whether you are interested in waterways, fisheries, duck habitat, cropland, or even just the air you breathe, students in our program receive a strong background will give you a solid background in both in-class, laboratory and field-based teaching in ecological research. Our faculty are involved in ecological research from aquatic ecology to climate change. 

Come as a Student, Leave as a Colleague

Our Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences program is designed to ignite your passion and curiosity about the world around us. Whether you’re excited about severe storms, studying water ecology, or making a difference in emergency management, we’ve got you covered.  Our faculty are committed to your professional development as you enter SD Mines as a new curious student and leave as a confident, prepared, and enthusiastic colleague who is ready to help our communities adapt to a changing environment.

Embark on a journey that will shape your future and prepare you for the a exciting career exploring and predicting the weather and environment of tomorrow. Our faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and real-world learning experiences are all waiting for you.