Choose one of our emphases to explore your interests while gaining research experience. As a member of our close-knit community, you'll learn from the best. We're home to accomplished professors and researchers, including three distinguished research professors and two National Weather Service consulting meteorologists.
Choose this emphasis if you want to study chemistry, anthropology, biology, geography or another science in addition to earth science. This emphasis will help you easily get a minor in these other areas.
Choose this emphasis if you want to be a teacher, a rewarding profession that allows you to help shape the minds and lives of young students. You'll be licensed to teach high school biology, chemistry, physics, and earth and space science.
Choose geography if you're interested in exploring conditions that influence everything from a region's economy to its social development. You can take electives from across the curriculum or focus your studies in GIS and mapping science, natural environmental systems, urban-economic systems or area studies. We also offer an undergraduate certificate in geographic information systems and a minor in geography.
Choose meteorology if you want a career in applied, environmental or broadcast meteorology; weather forecasting; or applied climatology. Our program was the first of its kind to be offered by an Illinois public university. It meets American Meteorological Society standards for an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science, as well as federal civil service requirements for meteorologists.
We're leaders of research in areas such as climate change, global warming, critical minerals, hydrogeology and GIS. You'll have many opportunities to get involved. From investigating a particular area in one of our labs to participating in field schools and on-site research, you'll gain skills while connecting with students and faculty.
Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment Davis Hall, Room 312