Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (formerly Science of Earth Systems) Major

Students majoring in the Earth & Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental components of and interactions between Earth’s systems. The Earth & Atmospheric Sciences program is unique in that it incorporates fundamentals of earth science with the emergence of a new and more complete approach, encompassing all components of the earth system—air, life, rock, and water—to gain a comprehensive understanding of the world as we know it. Students may choose to focus on one of a number of disciplinary specialties such as geophysics or tectonics, or develop the broad expertise needed to understand the interactions between the diverse elements of earth and life in the past, present, and future.

EAS students have the opportunity to participate in the Sustainability Semester in Hawaii to study biogeochemistry.

Concentrations include

  • Geological Sciences
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biogeochemistry

Employment Fields

  • Consultant
  • Energy Analyst
  • Fishery Technician
  • Farming
  • General Business
  • Natural Resources & Environment
  • Research
  • Weather and climate forecasting
  • Environmental Management & Policy
  • Science Education
  • Science Journalism

What recent graduates are doing

  • Graduate work in the fields of Geological Sciences, Climate change, Education, Oceanography, Medicine, Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Consulting
  • United State Naval Officer
  • AmeriCorps-Fishery Technician
  • Bain & Company
  • Chapman Construction & Design
  • Great Basin Institute

Sample Classes

EAS 1220 Earthquake!

This course explores the science of natural hazards and their impact on society.

EAS 2680 Climate and Global Warming

Students examine contemporary issues in climatology (such as global warming and El NiƱo) and learn about the natural greenhouse effect, past climates, and observed and projected climate changes and impacts.

EAS 3010 The Evolution of the Earth System

Life activities that change the physical and chemical environment are, in turn, altered by that environment. Over a long period of time, these interactions constitute a coevolution of earth and life. This course uses examples of modern systems, tens-of-thousands-year-old systems, and hundreds-of-millions-year-old systems to illustrate methods of reconstructing deep history and the context of natural change inherent to life and Earth.

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