Atmospheric Science

Quebec CEGEP
Previous year's cutoff:
28.30 overall R-Score
Prerequisite courses:
  • Biology NYA (00UK) 01Y5;
  • Chemistry NYA (00UL), 01Y6; Chemistry NYB (00UM);
  • Math NYA (00UN), 01Y1; Math NYB (00UP) 01Y2; Math NYC (00UQ), 01Y4;
  • Physics NYA (00UR), 01Y7; Physics NYB (00US), 01YF; Physics NYC (00UT), 01YG.
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program
Diploma
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Ontario high school
Previous year's cutoff:
92.00% top 6 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • 4U English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • 4U Calculus and Vectors;
  • Two of 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program
Diploma
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other Canadian high school
Previous year's cutoff:
92.00% top 5 average
Prerequisite courses:
  • Grade 12 English or French, depending on the language of instruction at your school;
  • Grade 12 math (precalculus or calculus)
  • Two of Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry or Physics
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program
Diploma
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

U.S. high school
Previous year's cutoff:
A- average in grades 10, 11 and 12
Prerequisite courses:
  • Courses must include: Pre-calculus; two of biology, chemistry or physics
  • Standardized Tests (Test Optional for Fall 2021):
    • ACT, or
    • SAT and two SAT Subject tests (Subject tests must include two from: Math,
    • Biology, Chemistry or Physics).
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program
Diploma
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

Other
Previous year's cutoff:

While the minimum requirement for McGill is the equivalent of a B+ average, most programs will have higher requirements. See the complete admissions requirements for more information applicable to your situation.

Prerequisite courses:
Language requirements:
Location:
Downtown (Montreal) Campus
Can be taken as:
Major
Honours
Liberal Program
Diploma
Minor

This is only a summary: be sure to review the full admission requirements before applying.

See the complete requirements

Overview

Atmospheric science helps us to predict the weather and better understand complex climate patterns. This program will provide you with the necessary knowledge to develop short- and long-range weather and climate predictions, and better understand global warming and air quality issues. You will learn about severe weather, climate variability, the ozone hole, air-sea interactions, and other fascinating topics.

To gain a comprehensive understanding of atmospheric science, you will study the atmosphere through the lens of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and geography. You will come to understand how water condenses in the air, how droplets can make rain, how sunlight warms the ground and the ground warms the air, and how the atmosphere and ocean interact to shape the weather and climate.

You can choose from several different focus streams, including weather analysis and forecasting, climate science, atmospheric chemistry and physics, and general atmospheric sciences.


Careers

A degree in atmospheric sciences can lead you to exciting careers in industry, government, and academic research. The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) employs many of our graduates, but provincial governments and environmental consulting and engineering firms also offer stimulating and diverse career opportunities. You may also wish to pursue graduate studies in the field.

  • Air Quality Meteorologist
  • Climate Data Processor
  • Science-based Investment Advisor
  • Operational Forecaster

Ready to apply?

For this program, you'll need to apply to the Faculty of Science in the Physical, Earth, Math & Computer Sciences group.

See the full eligibility information for more information about deadlines and required documents for your application.

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