The Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EEAS) covers the study of the broad spectrum of knowledge concerning the earth and its atmosphere. Typically both undergraduate and graduate students have a keen interest in preserving our planet's natural resources, as well as learning about the effects of weather, air pollution and other natural or manmade conditions on our environment. Its program of instruction attracts students from the Merrimack Valley and all over the country who want a unique, interdisciplinary academic program that will prepare them for a variety of careers, including those in meteorology, geology or environmental science.
The Department has a long tradition of fostering a culture of academic achievement among its students. As a result, the EEAS department has a good reputation among area firms that employ atmospheric science, environmental science or geoscience graduates. Furthermore, each of these programs has a certain uniqueness within the UMass system and all directly serves local industry.
The EEAS department has a "top notch" faculty in terms of academic quality and dedication to all aspects of its programs. As a group, the EEAS faculty has been professionally active to an extraordinary degree. Collectively the faculty are extremely active in publishing refereed papers, giving invited talks and presentations at meetings, mentoring undergraduate research projects, and overseeing master of science theses and doctoral dissertations. Also many have written books and special publications.
Resources and Affiliations
The department has over 35 PC, Macintosh, and Unix based computer systems and work stations and a wide variety of software applications and languages, such as air-pollution and weather models, FORTRAN and C/C++ compilers, Mathematica and Maple computer mathematics systems. Geographic Information Systems, word processing, spread sheets and databases are available. Also housed in the department is a weather center
with satellite links and remote observation platforms, an air pollution laboratory, a chemistry laboratory for environmental analysis, an instrumental neutron activation analysis laboratory used to measure trace constitutents in natural samples and a fission-track geochronology laboratory. In addition, faculty in the department are affiliated with the Center for Atmospheric Research
, the Center for Environmental Engineering and Science
, and the Radiation Laboratory
, and maintain active collaborations with other universities and research facilities.