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About the Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

The Department of the Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (EAE) officially launched Dec. 7, 2021. This move, somewhat a return to the past as we were one unit until 1969, is beneficial to both units and opens the door for new and exciting opportunities for students and faculty.

The Department of the Earth, Atmosphere and Environment utilizes the natural connections between geology, geography and atmospheric sciences to strengthen connections among faculty so that we may grow interdisciplinary research. Our undergraduate and graduate programs build upon our strengths in traditional areas, while expanding into new and emerging areas.

Guiding Principles

  • To provide the best possible education for our students.
  • To conduct the highest quality research.
  • To serve the global community by increasing our understanding of the natural environment and our role in it.

Faculty and Research

We're proud to be the home of three distinguished research professors, two National Weather Service consulting meteorologists, a presidential teaching professor, a presidential engagement professor and a two-time Board of Trustees professor.

As a research-heavy department, we engage in activities funded by the National Science Foundation, NOAA and other federal, state, corporate and public entities. Our research is central to addressing the complex processes that determine our world's past, present and future. We provide substantial research opportunities to our undergraduate and graduate students.

Our faculty can be found studying topics related to: 

  • Glacial geology
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology and hydrology
  • Soils and geomorphology
  • Geophysics and seismology
  • GIS, geovisualization and cartographic research and development
  • Economic geology
  • Spatial analysis, urban geography, transportation geography
  • Meteorology, climatology, synoptic meteorology
  • Geoscience education
  • Health and population


Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-0631 (undergraduate)
815-753-1943 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

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