As we enter the 21st century, we are faced with many
challenges: cleaning, monitoring, and maintaining our environment; understanding and
predicting variations in the global climate; predicting the occurrence of earthquakes and
volcanic eruptions; finding and developing natural resources in environmentally acceptable
ways; and exploring and utilizing space for the benefit of our global community. In each
of these complex arenas the application of fundamental scientific principles is the key to
finding solutions, and this is the business of the
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and
Planetary Sciences (EAPS) - the top ranked applied earth science department in the world.
Within our department, faculty and students work
together using physics, chemistry, and mathematics to solve real world problems.
Undergraduates from our department have gone on to careers in the energy, environmental,
and space industries, with jobs ranging from satellite tracking and operations,
environmental engineering, natural resource development, meteorology and hurricane
tracking, nuclear waste disposal, and geotechnical engineering to land use planning,
scientific journalism, marine policy, and teaching.