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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Programs offered by the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department provide students with a strong background in the traditional fields of Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Sciences, and Meteorology.


Why you should major in an EAS discipline? Let our current students tell you:
  • I chose an EAS major because of the courses offered, the experience of the instructors, and the chance to get a good job that will help make the world a better place.
  • Helping people and the environment is the only career I can imagine myself doing for the rest of my life.
  • I chose an EAS major because the Department has such a good hiring rate after graduation.
  • Diversity and flexibility - not many other majors get to explore so many subjects such as geology, environmental science, biology, chemistry, and GIS.
  • EAS majors open up a wide range of career opportunities.
  • The reputation of the GIS program and its faculty procedes itself.
  • The course work for the program is heavy, but I have found that all of the work pays off tremendously.  Thank you for offering such a great program!
  • I am passionate about trying to live sustainable and teach others how to do the same.


Visit our Programs and Majors section to learn more about our individual majors. 

The department educates the students of MSU Denver in a way that promotes science literacy and inspires lifelong learning and appreciation of the Earth system.  Students who graduate with a major in Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Sciences and Meteorology are highly skilled and knowledgeable in their field.  They gain employment in the field after graduation due to the quality and diversity of their skills, or go on to successfully continue their educational journey at a graduate school.  As learning facilitators, the faculty are teachers who promote active learning in the classroom, advise students towards their career goals, and participate in scholarly activities that keep them abreast of the most recent scholarship in their field.  

Schedule of Events

Fall Events 2017Green Earth


Internship Workshop and Resume Review, SI 2007 

Tuesday, September 12,

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Wednesday, September 13,

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

How to Get Involved in Research, SI 2012

Wednesday, September 27, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Advising Drop-in Registration, SI 2028

 October 16 - October 19, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Graduate School Panel, SI 2012

Wednesday, October 18th, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Advising Drop-in Registration, SI 2028

October 23 - October 26, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Women in Stem Conference, St. Cajetan's (Auraria Campus)

October 27, 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM

Majors and Minors Fair, Tivoli 320

October 31 and November 1, hours are TBD


Resume/Cover Letter Writing, SI 2012

Wednesday, November 8th, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fall Break

November 20 - 26


Student Research Showcase, SI 2012

Friday, December 1st, 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Fall Graduation Reception Celebration

Date & Time TBD

Fall CLAS Commencement, Denver Coliseum

December 15, 3:00 PM


Why Major in EAS?

What makes the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences unique? 

  • The faculty and staff provide a great knowledge base, both academically and professionally, thereby increasing opportunities, understanding, and applications to real-world, unique experiences.
  • The people are amazing and really genuinely love what they do.  I've never been around so many people that are so passionate about what they're doing.
  • Fantastic, extremely knowledgeable professors who seem to always be willing to give one on one help.
  • There is a focus on learning real world skills that are applicable to our future careers.
  • Class sizes are small enough for interactive discussions to be real.
  • There are great field classes/labs that offer hands-on experience with industry related applications. 
  • All of the faculty and staff in this department are exceptional; always encouraging students to push beyond what is expected.
  • Field classes are abundant: there is a class where you can study and visit volcanoes, one for studying severe weather in the field, a trip to Alaska to study glaciers and ecology of that area, one that examines the geology of the CO Plateau, international fieldwork in the Andes of Chile and the Alps of Germany…these are lifetime opportunities that you won't find offered at other schools.
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Phone: 303-556-3143


Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Campus Box 22 
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO. 80217-3362

Science 2028

Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday


Twitter: @MSUDenverEAS

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