Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Programs offered by the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department provide students with a strong background in the traditional fields of Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Sciences, and Meteorology.
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What makes the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences unique?
- The faculty and staff provide a great knowledge base, both academically and professionally, thereby increasing opportunities, understanding, and applications to real-world, unique experiences.
- The people are amazing and really genuinely love what they do. I've never been around so many people that are so passionate about what they're doing.
- Fantastic, extremely knowledgeable professors who seem to always be willing to give one on one help.
- There is a focus on learning real world skills that are applicable to our future careers.
- Class sizes are small enough for interactive discussions to be real.
- There are great field classes/labs that offer hands-on experience with industry related applications.
- All of the faculty and staff in this department are exceptional; always encouraging students to push beyond what is expected.
- Field classes are abundant: there is a class where you can study and visit volcanoes, one for studying severe weather in the field, a trip to Alaska to study glaciers and ecology of that area, one that examines the geology of the CO Plateau, international fieldwork in the Andes of Chile and the Alps of Germany…these are lifetime opportunities that you won't find offered at other schools.
The department educates the students of MSU Denver in a way that promotes science literacy and inspires lifelong learning and appreciation of the Earth system. Students who graduate with a major in Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Sciences and Meteorology 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.