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Welcome, current and future Cyclones!

The Department of the Earth, Atmosphere, and Climate at Iowa State University offers a wide range of majors and minors to prepare students for exciting and rewarding careers in the geosciences. Our undergraduate programs include Climate Science, Earth Science, Geology and Meteorology, each of which provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact on the world.

For those looking to take their education to the next level, our department also offers graduate studies in a variety of fields. With opportunities for hands-on experiences and cutting-edge research, our department is the perfect place for students who are passionate about the Earth and its atmosphere. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about what makes the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University such an exceptional place to study.

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During my summer internship, I voyaged across the Pacific Ocean and contributed to multiple research initiatives, reaffirming the importance of researching the climate’s impact on our oceans.

Karine Holmes (’22 geology)

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    Majors and minors

    Whether you are interested in Climate Science, Earth Science, Geology or Meteorology, the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences can prepare you for a career that not only studies the world, but helps create a better one.

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    Graduate studies

    Take the next step in your academic and professional journey by pursuing a graduate degree in Geological and Atmospheric Sciences. You’ll be an integral part of our research and teaching efforts, contributing to the advancement of knowledge. By earning a graduate degree, you’ll not only enrich your knowledge and skills, but also expand your career opportunities and significantly increase your lifetime earning potential.


At Iowa State, we offer a wide variety of opportunities to explore your passions, connect with others, and create lifelong memories. From joining one of our many student organizations, to attending exciting sporting events, to conducting research alongside top-notch faculty, there’s no shortage of ways to get involved.

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    Learn from faculty who are global experts – in and out of the classroom. Become an undergraduate researcher, participate in studies, or blaze your path to graduate school.

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    Student Support

    All the benefits of a top accredited university, with a supportive, friendly community where you’ll create meaningful connections with faculty, advisors and other students.

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    We’ll partner with you to explore the versatility of your degree – a career as a exploration geologist, weather forecaster, postsecondary teacher, project manager, environmental scientist, or other endless possibilities.