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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.

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS)

The Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department (EAS) is comprised of three separate programs:  

Programs 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. Minor programs are also available. 

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.

Mission Statement

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.   

Environmental Science

Green lakes 4 lobate rock glacier in the Colorado Front Range. The environmental science major is an extended major (no minor required) designed as an entry-level major for MSU Denver students as well as for transfer students.  Students may choose from six concentrations.  The multidisciplinary concentration provides students with a broad-based environmental science background, whereas the concentrations in ecological restoration, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, and water quality are more specialized.  The environmental science option for secondary science teacher licensure is also available for students who wish to pursue a teaching career.  All concentrations, except for the environmental science for teacher licensure, require a unified core.


 Land Use 

An aerial photograph of Denver, CO. The land use major is an extended major that combines general planning courses with a focused area of study, including environment and resources, geographic information systems, geology, or urban land use planning.  Linked by the vital thread of land use management, these majors equip students with a dynamic foundation for understanding issues and solving problems that confront the community and environment.  The program is broad in scope and can be applied to a number of career objectives and graduate school programs.  Opportunities exist in such areas as cartography, resource management,  environmental studies, geographic information systems, geology, mining and mineral resources, planning,  population analysis, recreational land use, remote sensing, residential and industrial development,  transportation, and a variety of other interrelated fields.  




Meteorology is the science of the atmosphere.  Meteorologists are employed in operational meteorology, meteorological research, applied meteorology, and the media. The Meteorology Computer Laboratory provides access to real-time weather data and analysis software supported by the UNIDATA Program.  The Bachelor of Science degree conforms to the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Service recommendations for an undergraduate meteorology degree.  Mathematics minor is a requirement of the meteorology major.  Students should contact a meteorology faculty member to discuss degree programs, career opportunities, and graduate school options.



EAS Department Contact Information

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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

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