Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Our department advisor is Chivonne Torres (firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-605-5967). Professors are also here to advise you, particularly once you get into the major courses. Once you are settled in, we recommend visiting with someone each semester as you pick your courses for the next semester. You can email them to make an appointment or drop in during office hours. Please look over your Degree Progress Report regularly to make sure you are on track. You can find schedules, Calendars, and Catalogs on the Student Hub page.
Professors available to advise you:
Geospatial Sciences: Dr. Stella Todd
Each program has its own webpage with useful advising information including course descriptions, degree requirements, and sometimes sample course sequences. Degree check sheets detailing the required classes for each major, minor or certificate can be found in the Programs/Majors/Minors section.
Which Major Should I Choose?
If you are interested in Earth and Atmospheric Science, but don’t know which major or minor you prefer, you can take a few of our introductory classes to see which excites you most..
Introductory classes will help you get a feel for each major or minor:
GEL 1010 Physical Geology: This course introduces the basic theories, concepts, and assumptions used in geology, utilizing both lecture and laboratory components. It includes earth’s internal systems from core to crust, as well as the dynamics of the lithosphere with its processes, products, and effects on the environment. Students will learn to identify common rocks and minerals. A field trip is required.
ENV 1200 Introduction to Environmental Science: This course introduces students to environmental concepts and issues from an interdisciplinary approach. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific methods and techniques needed to understand the and analyze environmental issues such as ecology, human population growth, soils and agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, air pollution, freshwater resources, ocean pollution, climate change, fossil fuels, alternative energy sources, waste disposal, as well as environmental ethics and policy. Course topics will be complemented with computer exercises.
GEG 1100 Introduction to Physical Geography: This course explores the various elements of the physical environment and interactions between the elements. The course emphasizes the atmosphere (weather and climate), the lithosphere (soils, geology, and landforms), and the hydrosphere (oceans, streams, and groundwater).
GEG 1700 Principles of Sustainability: This course is an introduction to the transdisciplinary field of sustainability that examines current debates about how to respond to the problems of climate change, environmental degradation, and social inequalities from the local to the global scales. The course begins with an overview of the historical conditions that continue to shape the current human imprint on the global environment. It also explores how different perspectives from the natural and social sciences can be used to examine the environmental implications of human endeavors. Throughout the course, emergent sustainable practices, such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and urban sustainability, are discussed to show how communities across the world are finding sustainable and equitable solutions.
GIS 1220 Introduction to Geospatial Science: The purpose of this course is to provide a functionally integrated entry into geospatial science. The students will learn basic concepts needed to understand maps, geospatial mapping terminology, and basic field and desktop mapping tools. The focus of this class is on learning the concepts that underlie geospatial mapping and learning the basic software and GPS tools required to start a student in the mapping sciences. Basic analysis and spatial problem-solving skills are addressed in this course. Intermediate and advanced spatial analysis skills are taken up in subsequent GIS courses.
MTR 1400 Weather and Climate: This course introduces the fundamental physical processes in the atmosphere–heat and energy, temperature, pressure, wind, clouds, precipitation, and stability. These concepts provide the basis for understanding weather systems, such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. These processes are also applied to climatic patterns and the impacts of human activity on weather and climate, such as air pollution and climate change.