Promoting science literacy and lifelong learning using the earth as our laboratory

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at MSU Denver is dedicated to delivering the best education in Applied Geology (GEL), Environmental Science (ENV), Geography (GEG), GIS, and Meteorology (MTR). We also house some integrated science courses (SCI).  With Colorado’s diverse geography and weather patterns, you’re in an ideal place to study such fascinating subjects. Whichever course of study you choose, we’ll help build your knowledge in its scientific process by using the world as your laboratory through our small class sizes, field experiences, and lab work. Through one of our majors, minors, or certificates, your comprehension of how the planet operates will help make the world a better place.


Geology Glacier Study

Meet our Faculty & Staff

Need an Earth and Atmospheric Science advisor? Looking for faculty office hours or contact information?

Our EAS Faculty and Staff would be happy to help!  Click below.

Talk about the Weather

Read “Talk about the Weather,” an article in MSU Denver RED on our Broadcast Meteorology Alumni.

Spears Broadcast Meterology

Sarah Schliemann outdoors

Professor Sarah Schliemann, a teaching excellence award winner, has a Ph.D. in Forest and Wildlife Ecology. She teaches Landscape Ecology, Mountain Environments, and an intensive Environmental Field Studies for senior Environmental Science majors. You can find her in the lab, up in Rocky Mountain National Park taking measurements for her carbon cycling research, advising students on Undergraduate Research, or taking her classes out in the field.

Career Paths

  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Cartographer
  • GIS Analyst
  • Sustainable Community Planner
  • Meteorologist
  • Climatologist

Earth and Atmospheric Science Mission

The department educates the students of MSU Denver in a way that promotes science literacy, inspires lifelong learning, and appreciation of the Earth system. Students who graduate with a major in meteorology, geography, applied geology, 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.

Which Major Should I Choose? These intro courses will help you get a feel for each major or minor:

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Giving to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Your generous donations support MSU Denver students pursue their dreams.

Your tax-deductible donation will help the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences continue to provide a quality and competitive education for our students.

Connect with Us

Have a question? We can answer it!

Whether you have a question about a prerequisite, need help registering for a course, or you would like to chat about one of our majors, we are here to help. Click below to send us an email!

Email Us

Phone: 303-615-1177

Email:  [email protected]

Office Location:
Science Building
2nd Floor – #2028
Auraria Campus

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