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Build your knowledge of science using the world as your laboratory.


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

There's no way to control the weather, nor can we tame the tectonic forces beneath the planet's surface. However, the more we understand about what caused natural disasters of the past, the better prepared we can be for it when they happen in the future.

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at MSU Denver is an all-encompassing academic office dedicated to delivering the best education in Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Science, and Meteorology. The quality and diversity of your acquired skills will have you well-prepared for your career or graduate school. 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 critical analysis and innovative problem solving, you'll have a clear understanding of the mineral deposits that make up the Rocky Mountains, the correlation of sustainable growth and pollution control, the natural and social connection between people and nature, the tools that create more accurate maps, as well as the extreme weather caused by our chaotic atmosphere. Our state-of-the-art laboratories and the knowledge base of our faculty will give you real-world experience through fieldwork and small class sizes.

The Department of EAS combines academic and career-related skills to prepare you for a noteworthy career or future graduate study. Through one of our majors or minors, your comprehension of how the planet operates will help make the world a better place.

Meteorology Course Observes Severe Weather

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"The meteorology program at MSU Denver instilled a passion for the weather and a penchant for research that inspired my career path. Through classes and the interaction, encouragement, and high expectations of the professors, I developed the skills needed to succeed in graduate school at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, where I am pursuing a PhD. My current research includes measuring precipitation and cloud microphysical properties using satellite data."

Lindsey Hayden

PhD Candidate, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

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Dr. Sarah Schliemann’s Ph.D. is 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 courses such as 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