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 options in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science and Geoscience. All three options 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.

We invite you to browse our website, to contact us via email or by telephone (978-934-3903), or visit us in person at our offices in Olney Hall (OLN-201), North Campus.