Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Discover the complex systems of our home planet.

The more we learn about Earth, the more we understand how we affect it. By studying the natural systems that shape our lives, you'll learn how to help people adapt and thrive as those systems evolve. In an era of declining resources and increasing global temperatures, learning how to sustain the networks of land, air and water we rely on is more important than ever.

NIU students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Our non-traditional students bring their real-world experiences into the classroom. The diversity of cultures and ethnicities among NIU students provide rich perspectives that make learning more meaningful.
Nicole LaDue
Associate professor, Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

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What Can I Do With an Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Degree From NIU?

Our graduates find professional success in industry, the government, education and consulting sectors, as well as in transportation, real estate and non-profit organizations. Depending on your interests and goals, you'll have several career options, such as:

  • Cartographer – geospatial analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Geologist
  • Geographer
  • High school science teacher
  • Hydrologist – hydrogeologist

Career Potential for NIU Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Desired skills:

  • Analytical and data analysis
  • Communication
  • Spatial awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem-solving

Top industries:

  • Education
  • Environmental consulting
  • Federal, state and local governments
  • Natural resources
  • Research or public interest nonprofit organizations

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What to Expect as an Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Major at NIU

Our program emphasizes an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning as you focus on one of the following emphases:

  • Climate science
  • Earth and planetary science
  • Earth and space science education
  • Environment and society
  • Geospatial systems
  • Water and soil science

Whatever area you choose, you'll have access to internships, extensive research facilities and mentorship from our expert faculty.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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