Welcome to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences has a tradition of combining strong classroom and field-based instruction with internationally recognized research across a broad spectrum of the physical sciences, including seismology and solid earth geophysics, tectonics, synoptic meteorology, environmental systems, and the study of modern and ancient climate change. Although growing, we are small enough to provide a warm, collegial atmosphere that promotes extensive interaction between students and faculty. Our students also have the opportunity to work directly with faculty on their research and pursue internships through our growing network of contacts in the public and private sector.
Our department is the result of a rich heritage that includes the first geophysics department in the western hemisphere, and as such, we offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These programs include more traditional, internationally recognized doctoral programs to innovative new undergraduate programs that provide unique, campus-wide learning experiences. Our research centers include the Earthquake Center, the Cooperative Institute for Precipitation Systems, the Global Geodynamics Program, the Center for Environmental Sciences, and Quantum WeatherTM.
The fusion of academic programs with world-class research provides our students with an unparalleled opportunity to explore their interests and prepare for a wide variety of careers after graduation.