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Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

As an earth and atmospheric sciences major, you’ll pursue an interdisciplinary, unique course of study that incorporates the 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 new and more comprehensive understanding of the world as we know it. You can choose to focus on a disciplinary specialty 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.

Sample Courses

  • Introductory Oceanography
  • Atmospheric Modeling
  • Humans and Climate Change

Students went off to

  • Study geophysics at Columbia University
  • Be a research assistant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Be deputy director of the Department of the Interior