motivated by the SPACE AROUND YOU
Through our undergraduate programs, EAPS students learn about the earth and atmospheric and planetary science phenomena and processes which affects daily life and prepare for futures that might include working to preserve and enhance the environment, determining the sources of earthquakes and landslides, teaching, investigating the past or the future through plate tectonics or fossil discoveries, exploring new worlds, or forecasting the weather.
The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences undergraduate programs prepare students to investigate a wide variety of areas, with a common emphasis on an understanding of interactions between and within different parts of the Earth system. Within our interdisciplinary department, students may specialize in one or more aspects of the Earth system.
Why Study EAPS?
The top 10 majors with the highest employment rates include Geology and Geophysics and Atmospheric Science/Meteorology (Data from What's It Worth: The Economic Value of College Majors. Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce.)
|Atmospheric Science||$87, 780 (median) - $94, 460 (federal)|
|Geologists||$82, 500 (median) - $125, 350 (oil and gas)|
|Astronomers||$87, 260 (median) - $137, 420 (federal)|
|Environmental Scientists||$61, 700 (median)|
|Teachers||$53, 230 (secondary) - $62, 050 (post-secondary)|
Majors: Specific programs of study include:
- Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology
Within the atmospheric science major, students can select elective courses to focus their study on weather forecasting, research, environmental monitoring, and specialties within those areas.
View "What is Atmospheric Science?"
- Geology & Geophysics
Within the geology and geophysics major, students can select elective courses to focus their study on areas such as basin analysis, biogeochemistry, engineering geology, geochemistry, geomechanics, geomorphology, geophysics, hydrogeology, paleontology, planetary science, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, and tectonics.
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- Environmental Geosciences
Using a background in geology or atmospheric science as their foundation, students can use an interdisciplinary approach to study ground-water contamination, landfill management, landslide risk, urban planning, climate change, and many other contemporary environmental issues.
- Earth Space/Science Education
The earth/space science education program provides a broad earth science core; a strong background in math, chemistry, and physics; and courses in education covering student development, integration of content and teaching methods, use of technology, fostering community, and assessing outcomes.
- Planetary Sciences
Planetary Sciences is multidisciplinary; and as students progress through their program, they have the flexibility to enroll in elective coursework in specialty areas, such as atmospheric science, geology, astrobiology, astronomy, chemistry, or physics. Students will acquire a strong quantitative background to help prepare them for graduate school or science careers.
- Interdisciplinary Science Degree
If you are interested in pursuing EAPS through the Interdisciplinary Science degree, additional information may be found under the Read More link below.
Read More (PDF)
Field Camp Note to Earth Science Majors:
Earth science majors must take a six-week summer field camp in the western United States.
Additional Information for All Students:
- Please follow links below to additional information.
- General Degree Requirements
- Transfer Credit Information
- Undergraduate Counselor - Nancy Stewart
- Study Abroad
- Research Opportunities and Honors
- Internship Opportunities
- Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Minor
- Minors accepted by the College of Science
- Apply to Purdue
- Placement and Salaries
Where did our 2012 EAPS undergraduates go?
EAPS Student Clubs
Association for Environmental and Engineering Geologists: AEG is a club for all students of any major who are interested in geology or geology-related topics. Activities include field trips, guest speakers, and meetings. Advisor: Terry West
Purdue University Geological Society (PUGS) is a club for all students of any major who are interested in geology or geology-related topics. Activities include field trips, guest speakers, and regular meetings. Advisor: Saad Haq
Purdue University Meteorological Association (PUMA): PUMA is the student chapter of the AMS (Americal Meteorological Society) and is intended for all students interested in meteorology. PUMA offers trips, organizes events, invites guest speakers, and holds regular meetings. Advisor: Sonia Lasher-Trapp
- Please visit the PUMA blog: http://purdue-weather.blogspot.com