Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Programs
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) is composed of disciplines in: Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Meteorology, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The Department offers degrees in Applied Geology, Environmental Science, Geography, Geospatial Sciences and Meteorology, providing students with a strong background in the physical and quantitative aspects of the environment. The Land Use major was archived in 2016. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in all of the majors except Geography.
Minor programs are available in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, Meteorology and Sustainability Studies.
The Applied Geology degree (B.S.) combines coursework from multiple departments with a core of geology courses. This degree offers opportunities for national and international fieldwork, meaningful undergraduate research projects, and industry related internships. Students must work with a faculty advisor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to discuss academic and employment goals as well as graduation requirements. Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better. The degree is an extended major that does not require a minor. Students must complete 120 hours or more of coursework of which 40-hours or more must be upper division course work (3000 & 4000 level).
For more information, visit the Applied Geology webpage!
The Environmental Science major is an extended major (no minor required) designed as an entry-level major for MSU Denver students, as well as for students transferring at the junior level from a community college with a background in the environmental sciences. Students may choose from five concentrations. The multidisciplinary concentration provides students with a broad-based environmental science background, whereas the concentrations in ecological restoration, environmental chemistry, and water management and hydrologic science are more specialized. All concentrations, except for the Environmental Science option for Secondary Science Teacher Licensure, require a unified core. Interested students should go to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Science 2028) to be assigned an advisor. Students interested in Teacher Licensure in secondary science should consult an advisor in Environmental Science and Teacher Education (see teacher education).
For more information, visit the Environmental Science website!
Geographers study Earth and its land, features, and inhabitants, ranging in scale from local to global. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences and the natural sciences. Geographers pursue rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. For additional career information, please visit http://www.msudenver.edu/eas/students/careers/. Students must complete each course with a grade of “C-” or better. The degree is an extended major that does not require a minor. Students must complete 120 hours or more of coursework of which 40-hours or more must be upper division course work (3000 & 4000 level). Students must select a concentration in Physical Geography or Sustainability.
For more information, visit the Geography website!
The Geospatial Sciences major is an extended major (no minor required) designed as an entry-level major for MSU Denver students, as well as for students transferring at the junior level from a community college with a background in the environmental sciences. Students will develop proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), cartography and database systems. Because of Geospatial Sciences focus on using computer analysis and applications, students are required to develop competency in an area of interest. The plan may be modeled after existing minors and/or customized to meet unique student goals. Some examples of areas of interest include courses that focus on the Environment, Meteorology, Geography, Sustainability, Planning, Computer Science, Business, Marketing, Criminology, etc. The plan must be developed and approved in consultation with an advisor by the time 90 credit hours are completed. Transfer students with 90 credits need to meet with an advisor as soon as possible after admittance. Interested students should go to the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (Science 2028) to be assigned an advisor.
For more information, visit the Geospatial Sciences website!
Meteorology is the science of the atmosphere. Meteorologists are employed in operational meteorology, meteorological research, applied meteorology, and the media. Meteorologists study global weather and climate, and investigate the influence that human beings exert on earth’s climate. The Meteorology Computer Laboratory provides access to real-time weather data and analysis software supported by the UNIDATA Program. The Bachelor of Science degree conforms to the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Service recommendations for an undergraduate meteorology degree. A Mathematics Minor is a requirement of the Meteorology major. Students should contact a meteorology faculty member to discuss degree programs, career opportunities, and graduate school options.
For more information, please visit the Meteorology website!
The Land Use major is an extended major (no minor required) that combines general planning courses with a focused concentration, including environment and resources, geographic information systems, geology, or urban land use planning, linked by the vital thread of land use management. It also prepares students with a dynamic foundation for understanding issues and solving problems that confront the community and environment. The program is broad in scope and can be applied to a number of career objectives and graduate school programs. Opportunities exist in such areas as cartography, environment and resource management, environmental science, geographic information systems, geology, mining and mineral resources, planning, population analysis, recreational land use, remote sensing, sustainable development, and a variety of other interrelated fields. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree except when their concentration is urban land use planning, in which case the student will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.
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