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Looking to continue your studies remotely in a friendly and welcoming environment? Have some extra time on your hands and want to learn something new? Looking for that classroom feel while learning remotely, or maybe you need a class that fits your schedule? Look at the offerings from the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with its mix of in-person-like synchronous courses as well as asynchronous courses to fit your schedule. Explore topics covering weather, climate change, geography/GIS, geology, environmental science and more!

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What is a synchronous course? These are listed as SYNCH in the schedule. Synchronous courses are taught online, usually through video conferencing like above, and meet during the time on the schedule. These courses might be a good choice for students who need something on their calendar to keep them engaged in learning. Students will be able to interact live with the professor and other students in the course.

What is an asynchronous course? These are listed as ASYNCH in the schedule. These courses do not regularly meet at a given time, so students are able to work on the course materials on their own time within predetermined time frames. This might be a good choice for students who are good at learning independently or have an unreliable work schedule that might keep them from meeting regularly in a synchronous course, for example.

Check out our course listings here: 

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

Environmental Science

About Us

The Environmental Science program is housed in the Earth and Atmospheric Science Department at the Metropolitan State University of Denver located on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver.

We offer the following:

Environmental Science Program Mission

The mission of the Environmental Science program is to provide a foundation for understanding issues and solving problems involving our natural environment.  Students will be expected to take a variety of courses in numerous departments.  The objective of the environmental science courses is to integrate multidisciplinary course materials.  Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems in Colorado, particularly in mountain and urban environments, and address topics such as sustainable community growth, pollution control, prevention, and reduction, water supply and quality assessment, waste management, site remediation, and environmental geologic hazards.  Students will be prepared for careers in environmental and resource management, environmental risk assessment, environmental modeling, environmental monitoring and sampling, environmental policy and planning, site assessment and remediation, water quality analysis and treatment, habitat planning, or environmental geology.

Environmental Science Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to identify and explain environmental processes and human – environment interactions.
  2. Students will be able to apply interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to environmental problems.
  3. Students will be able to critically assess and evaluate environmental problems at a local and global scale.
  4. Students will be able to acquire the ability to monitor and sample environmental conditions.
  5. Students will be able to design effective oral presentations and scientific papers.


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The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science


Phone: (303) 615-1177


Location:  Science Building Room 2028  (near the northwest corner of the building on the second floor)

Science Building

Mailing Address:

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