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Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Mission Statement

Our mission is to excel in education and research in Earth system sciences and human-environmental interactions. We aim to provide students with the scientific basis to work in geology, atmospheric science and environmental science, and promote sustainability at all levels in society.


The department offers a major in Environmental Science with two options (Environmental Science and Geoscience) and a major in Meteorology and Atmospheric Science. All programs provide foundations in chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics and interdisciplinary understanding how the earth system works. Department focus areas are: climate and climate change research, decision support, and education; forecasting of weather and extreme events; use of state-of-the art analytical laboratory and field methods in geochemistry and pollution research; and assessment of Earth system changes from geologic to modern time scales. Career opportunities of graduates include private and public sector employment in research and environmental consulting, weather/climate forecasting, flood predictions and management, water/air/soil pollution control and remediation, traditional and renewable energy research, resource exploration and development, environmental impact assessments, and sustainability.

For additional information, visit the Department of Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences website.