WHO WE ARE
A question we in ATOC always get is - what do we study in atmospheric
science? The answer - lots: everything from meteorology and forecasting to
climate and climate change to the oceans and atmospheric chemistry - everything
you ever wanted to know about the weather!
Atmospheric science is a small, friendly department (with about 30 undergrads)
where everyone is on a first name basis. And we get to do fun things, like a
tornado chasing trip in the States! The field is fascinating and important, and
you can start working in either the public or private industry as soon as you
get your degree, or choose to go on to grad school.
McGill is considered one of the best schools in the field, and we've got some
cool equipment, like the radar at the MacDonald campus that Environment Canada
uses data from, and wind profilers on the roof of Burnside. Burnside is also
the building where our department is, including our three, yes three, undergrad
Here at McGill you can choose to do a major, minor, honours, joint major
atmospheric science/physics, major or honours atmospheric chemistry, and
there's even a one-year diploma in meteorology for science and engineering
graduates with a sufficient math or physics background. There is also a new
earth system science degree, which combines atmospheric science, earth and
planetary sciences, and geography.
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