Department of Soil, Environmental
and Atmospheric Sciences

From a single clay particle to the complex weather cycles of the world, our students study critical elements necessary to produce, sustain and enhance life.

Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences (SEAS) combines the factors necessary for plants to grow and develop: soil and water.

Soil scientists develop a knowledge and understanding of the classification, physical properties, chemistry and fertility of soil in order to protect the environment and make agriculture more productive.

Environmental scientists receive interdisciplinary education to provide breadth of knowledge in environmental systems and depth of knowledge in water quality, hydrology or land management. Students are trained to identify and resolve environmental problems, thereby improving overall environmental quality on Earth.

The diverse field of Atmospheric Sciences studies three elements critical for terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to survive: rain, sunlight and oxygen. Students learn to interpret and formulate accurate weather forecasts used by the general public, corporations and military. For a first-hand view of the intensity of severe weather, students can participate each spring on a storm chasers team.

Hands-On Training

Through internships with the Department of Conservation, National Weather Service, and other state and federal agencies, SEAS students integrate the knowledge they have gained through course studies with real-life experiences.

Graduate Assistantships

Details about currently open assistantships can be found on the SEAS graduate program page.