Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Chair: William H. Hoyt, Ph.D.
Location: Ross Hall 3235
Faculty: Steven Anderson, Ph.D.; Graham B. Baird, Ph.D.; Joe T. Elkins, Ph.D.; Emmett Evanoff, Ph.D.; Wendilyn Flynn, Ph.D.; Sarah Hirner, M.S.; William H. Hoyt, Ph.D.; David Lerach, Ph.D.; Lucinda Shellito, Ph.D.; Byron M. Straw, M.A.
Course(s) Offered ( Prefix):
Earth Sciences B.S.
Environmental Earth Sciences Emphasis
Secondary Teaching Emphasis
Earth Sciences Minor
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences includes the disciplines of geology, meteorology, oceanography and environmental sciences. Geology is the study of the earth, its structure, composition and history. Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and the weather phenomena that affect our daily lives. Oceanography is the study of the physical, chemical and biologic characteristics of the world's oceans. Environmental science synthesizes knowledge from various fields and applies it to solving a wide variety of environmental problems. The undergraduate program in the earth sciences provides preparation for professional careers in geology, meteorology, secondary-level earth science teaching and the environmental industry.
The graduate program is designed to meet the needs and interests of individuals who wish to expand their knowledge of the earth sciences as science teachers or in other careers that require a knowledge of the earth sciences.
The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences emphasizes the integration of field and laboratory study and students are encouraged to undertake independent research projects and internships.