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Undergraduate Programs

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.

Earth Atmosphere and Environment

Emphases within the earth, atmosphere and environment major include:

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


Learn more about our meteorology major.


Certificate Program

Learn more about our Geographic Information Systems certificate.

Training and Fieldwork

Research Opportunities

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.

Contact Us

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

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

815-753-1945 (fax)

Undergraduate Advising

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Justin Dodd (Geology and Environmental Geosciences)
Davis Hall 413

Nicole LaDue (Earth Science Education)
Davis Hall 403C

Xuwei Chen (Geography)
Davis Hall 202A

Victor Gensini (Meteorology)
Davis Hall 118

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