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 geography, geology, and meteorology.
Students must select a concentration of interest within the Environmental Science and Land Use programs to earn a bachelor’s degree. The Department, in conjunction with Secondary, K-12 and Educational Technology, offers a Bachelor of Science degree for Secondary Science Teacher Licensure in Environmental Science. Numerous minor programs are also available.
The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department is comprised of five separate programs:
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 meteorology, land use, or environmental science 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.
Comments from current students
Why did you choose to major in an EAS discipline?
- 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.
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.
Love Your Mother Earth
April 21, 2016
It may be a small world after all, but Planet Earth is a vast, complex celestial body. On the eve of tomorrow’s global celebration of Mother Earth, we took a moment to check in with Jason Janke, professor and chair of MSU Denver’s Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, where every day is Earth Day.
Q: Rumor has it that your department is rolling out several new degree programs in the fall.
A: Yes, We’re discontinuing the Land Use degree by making several concentrations stand-alone majors. In fall 2016, we’ll offer degrees in Applied Geology, Geography, with both Physical and Sustainability concentrations, and Geospatial Sciences. Read more...