New combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program prepares atmospheric scientists

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) will offer a Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s (BAM) degree in Atmospheric Sciences starting in the fall of 2020.

“Due to increased competition for positions at the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS), as well as in the industry, students are increasingly needing to obtain a Master’s degree in order to compete in the job market,” said Christina Karamperidou, assistant professor of Atmospheric Sciences and organizer of the degree program. “The new program satisfies the NWS requirement for employment and puts students with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in advantageous position for getting hired in the service or in other state and federal agencies and the private sector.”

UH Mānoa offering a combined degree might ease the decision of families and individuals from both Hawaiʻi and beyond, as they will be able to obtain two degrees with effectively reduced cost.

“There are currently only a few mainland universities that offer a combined BS and MS degree in atmospheric science, so this new program puts UH Mānoa in the driver’s seat for satisfying the increasing need for such dual degrees in our field,” said Jennifer Griswold, interim department chair of Atmospheric Sciences.

Students currently in their junior year can apply now and prospective students can apply via early admission.

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