Updated: Mon, 07/22/2024 - 15:29

Gradual reopening continues on downtown campus. See Campus Public Safety website for details.

La réouverture graduelle du campus du centre-ville se poursuit. Complément d'information : Direction de la protection et de la prévention.

Atmospheric Science and Physics


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 primarily through the lens of physics. You can come to understand processes like 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.

Jointly administered by the Department of Physics and the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, you will graduate with a deep understanding of both disciplines and how they fit together.


A degree in Atmospheric Sciences and Physics 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
  • Atmospheric Physicist

Ready to apply?

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

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

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