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About Us

The Earth and Atmospheric Science department (EAS) at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is located in the Science building on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver. The department houses several programs that complement each other. There are a variety of majors and minors offered among the programs.

  • Applied Geology offers a major and minor.
  • Environmental Science offers a major with concentrations called Multidisciplinary, Water Management and Hydrologic Science, Ecological Restoration, Environmental Chemistry, or Teacher Licensure.  There is also a minor in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Studies.
  • Geography offers a major with concentrations in Physical Geography or Sustainability.  There are also a minors in Geography or Sustainability Studies.
  • Geospatial Science offers a major, minor and certificate.
  • Meteorology offers a major and minor.

EAS Mission

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.


The EAS department’s main office is in the Science building room 2028. The professor’s offices are located near the main office. Down the hall are several of our classrooms, wet labs, geology labs, GIS computer labs, and the meteorology computer lab. Our labs have a variety of state of the art software and instrumentation used for coursework and undergraduate research.

Why MSU Denver?

MSU Denver is a public, urban University.  MSU Denver welcomes students of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientations, religions, nationalities and identities. We offer small class sizes with an average size of 19 students.  Students find themselves in a supportive community where they can learn and grow with the help of teaching-oriented faculty.

MSU Denver Mission

MSU Denver is a comprehensive, baccalaureate- and master’s-degree granting urban university that offers arts and sciences, professional and business courses and programs to a diverse student population in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Excellence in teaching and learning is MSU Denver’s primary objective.  MSU Denver’s mission is to provide a high-quality, accessible, enriching education that prepares students for successful careers, post-graduate education and lifelong learning in a multicultural, global and technological society. To fulfill its mission, MSU Denver’s diverse university community engages the community at large in scholarly inquiry, creative activity and the application of knowledge.

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