Welcome to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences provides a close-knit, supportive community for undergraduate and graduate study in a vibrant, urban setting near downtown Chicago. We focus on creating dynamic classroom experiences, producing high quality research, and preparing skilled students for the workforce.

Our faculty of geochemists, geobiologists, and geophysicists investigate processes in the atmosphere, on Earth, and on other planetary bodies. Our research involves field work around the globe, laboratory investigations on campus and at national facilities, and computational modeling and simulations of big data. We offer three degree programs: Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). A minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences is also available to undergraduate students. Please visit our Academics pages to learn more about these exciting programs.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is committed to creating and promoting an inclusive community where the contributions of students, staff, and faculty from all identities are recognized and respected. At UIC and within our department, diversity and different human experiences are a pillar of academic excellence that enriches our classrooms and our research. We are committed to facing the challenges of systemic racism and creating more equitable opportunities so that all our students can be successful.

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Land Acknowledgement

The University of Illinois at Chicago rests on the land of multiple native nations. We recognize and honor the native and indigenous peoples of the Chicagoland area Рthe Three Fires Confederacy, Potawatomi, Odawa and Ojibwe Nations, as well as other Tribal Nations that know this area as their ancestral homeland, including the Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Miami, Peoria, and Sac and Fox. Native people are part of Chicago’s past, present, and future and it is our responsibility to listen to their voices, to do no further harm, and to work together for equity and inclusion.

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We invite you to explore our site to learn about educational and research opportunities in the Department.