Undergraduate Education

Atmospheres, oceans, and climate are central to many of the important challenges of our time: monitoring, and maintaining our environment; understanding variations in the global climate; predicting the likely impacts of anthropogenic influences on the climate system.

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) offers major and minor programs in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate. Joint majors with other departments are encouraged. Undergraduates from our program have gone on to careers in the energy, environmental and space industries, with jobs ranging from energy research and application, environmental engineering, natural resource development, meteorology and hurricane forecasting, climate and environmental policy, scientific journalism and teaching.

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of our field, we encourage undergraduates to explore a variety of areas of study and research by taking advantage of the many relevant PAOC courses EAPS has to offer, as well as becoming directly involved in research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP).

Explore what EAPS and PAOC have to offer:


For further information about opportunities for undergraduates in PAOC contact Lodovica Illari by sending email to illari@mit.edu

For general information about education in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science (EAPS) contact the EAPS Education Office at (617) 253-3380, send email to Ann Greaney-Williams, agreaney@mit.edu or browse here