Atmospheric Sciences BS/Geography MS

The United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) has identified significant growth opportunity in careers that require the joint mastery of Atmospheric Sciences along with Geographic skills and concepts (airlines, consulting, reinsurance, air quality, agriculture, media, digital media, etc.). These opportunities are present in the public and private sectors and demand students who are well-versed in the natural and social sciences. For example, the National Weather Service's (NWS) Weather Ready Nation is “building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events." NWS managers are increasingly asking for a new generation of atmospheric scientists versed in meteorology, GIS, social sciences, and communication. These same skill sets are equally valued in consulting firms, industry, and academia. Our Dual Degree program linking the B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences with the M.S. in Geography provides an ideal pathway for students to gain the full hybrid suite of knowledge, perspective, and skills necessary to prepare for the highly-evolved career market.

Admission to Program

Students will apply to the pathway after completing 60-75 hours of undergraduate coursework.

- 2 upper-division GEOG courses with an average GPA of 3.7 or higher
- Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Letter of support from a faculty member who is willing to advise the student in the pathway and graduate program
- 2 additional letters of recommendation from faculty members (not necessarily Geography faculty)
- Recommendation for admission to the pathway by the Graduate Studies Committee


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Students will be required to complete the 6000-level component of no more than four (4) GEOG/ATSC 4000/6000 courses.

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

GEOG 8900 (1) – Proseminar in Geography
GEOG 8901 (1) – Proseminar in Geography II
GEOG 6300 (3) – Introductory Spatial Analysis
GEOG 7000 (3) – Master’s Research
GEOG 7300 (3) – Master’s Thesis

Admission to Graduate Program

After the student has completed 90 hours of coursework and at least 2 GEOG/ATSC 6000-level courses, the student is eligible to apply for admission to the Graduate Program.
- Student must have received a grade in each 6000-level course of a B or above

Specific admittance requirements:
- Application, Statement of Purpose, Resume, 3 letters of recommendation, combined V+Q GRE score of 315 or higher, and transcript are required
- Adequate progress toward the development of a viable thesis research project should be demonstrated at the time of application to the Graduate Program
- Recommendation for admission to the Graduate Program must be provided by the Graduate Studies Committee

Final admission to the Graduate Program is contingent upon completion of the following requirements by the end of the spring or fall term prior to anticipated matriculation:
- Created an M.A. Advisory Committee
- Successfully defended a thesis proposal at an open meeting organized by the student’s Advisory Committee

Any student who does not demonstrate proficiency in GEOG 6000-level courses (grade of B or above) taken while in the pathway and who does not meet standard departmental and Graduate School admissions criteria will not be admitted to the Graduate Program.

Program Advisor

  • Name: Andrew Grundstein
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-583-0430
  • Address: 207A Geography-Geology Building

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Atmospheric Sciences B.S.
  • Department/College: Geography

Advising Contact

  • Name: J. Marshall Shepherd
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-0517
  • Address: 107 Geography-Geology Building

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Geography M.S.
  • Department/College: Geography

Advising Contact

  • Name: Xiaobai Yao
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-583-0326
  • Address: 140 Geography-Geology Building