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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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 Environmental Science, Land Use and Meteorology, providing students with a strong background in the physical and quantitative aspects of the environment. Students will receive a bachelor of science degree except when their focused area of interest in land use is urban land use planning (bachelor of arts degree). Each student must have an EAS faculty advisor. Visit the department website, msudenver.edu/eas for additional information. Minor programs are available in geography, geology, meteorology, environmental science, and  geographic information systems. Students working toward teacher licensure in either science or social studies may take courses in geology, geography, or meteorology.

Applied Geology

Applied Geology Major, B.S.  

Environmental Science

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, environmental geology, and water management and hydrologic science are more specialized. All concentrations, except for environmental science for 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 and to pick up advising and career option sheets. Students interested in teacher licensure in secondary science should consult an advisor in environmental science and teacher education.


Geography Major, B.A.  

Geospatial Sciences

Geospatial Sciences Major, B.S.  


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.

Minor and Certificate Programs