Ever wondered what causes tsunamis or what is really happening to our ozone layer?

These and many other questions about the state of the planet will greatly challenge the way we live in the future. The Climate and Weather major will provide you with an understanding of how the Earth's atmosphere, oceans and land surfaces influence changes to our environment. You will learn about climate modeling and prediction, the role of principal wind and ocean current systems, and how these interact with the land surface to influence weather, climate and hence the environment.

Your studies will combine knowledge from a range of disciplines, from field-based studies to more theoretical aspects. You will also gain hands-on experience that will equip you for the workplace, through project work that requires careful time management and the clear communication of results.

Miranda Langton

"Climate science, meteorology, physics, maths and geology were some of the many subjects I studied during my degree and when I heard about the post graduate program at the Bureau of Meteorology I was very keen to get a spot. Thankfully I was accepted but I couldn’t have done it without the support and help of my lecturers. The climate and weather studies were definitely a major drawcard."


  • Career Outcomes

    The Climate and Weather major will provide you with challenging research or career opportunities in the atmospheric and marine environment. Careers outside of research may include government roles in organisations such as the Bureau of Meteorology, EPA Victoria or CSIRO. There is also potential for work in the aerospace industry and environmental management.

    Employment in the natural and physical sciences is projected to grow strongly to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a Climate and Weather major are very well prepared for:

    • Pathways to further study in the areas of climate, climate change and atmospheric analysis and modeling.
    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, and informatics;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Climate and Weather

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective