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How to Reach the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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Earth and Atmospheric Science at MSU Denver

Promoting science literacy and lifelong learning with an appreciation of how the Earth works

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at MSU Denver is dedicated to delivering the best education in Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Science, and Meteorology. 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 laboratories. Through one of our majors or minors, your comprehension of how the planet operates will help make the world a better place.

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, geospatial science, 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. 

Talk about the Weather

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

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"At MSU Denver, the Meteorology program sparked my interest for the statistics of weather, climatology, and how the modern change in climate will impact Earth and its inhabitants. The Meteorology professors guided me to graduate school where I completed a M.S. and Ph.D. program at the Climate Change Institute, University of Maine. I enjoyed my time at MSU Denver so much that I invited Dr. Keah Schuenemann to be part of my graduate committee where she continues to help me grow as a climate scientist." Dr. Auger is now working on a post-doc in Brazil.

Jeff Auger

Postdoctoral Researcher

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Dr. Sarah Schliemann, a teaching excellence award winner, has a Ph.D. in Forest and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also holds a Master’s in Environmental Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 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.

Sarah Schliemann, Ph.D.

Environmental Science

Career Prospects

Here’s where an Earth and Atmospheric Sciences degree might take you:

  • Geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Business Development
  • Cartography
  • Sustainable Community Planner
  • Meteorologist
  • Climatologist

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Contact EAS

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