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Rich, Diverse Hands-On Opportunities

The Earth and Atmospheric Science (EAS) Program at the University of Northern Colorado provides students with a unique and rigorous curriculum that prepares them for professional opportunities in Earth Science fields and in education. Students have the option of studying in one of four emphasis areas:

News and Announcements


UNCO Storm Chasers look to the skies for some summer excitement! Our first storm chasing class hit the road to follow weather across Great Plains in May 2018. Stay tuned for stories about their adventures in our Earth & Atmospheric Science Blog

 More about the Meterology Program.

 UNCO Storm Chasers


Dr. David Lerach's work on dust featured in UNC Today!

 Lerach Dust


Check out our Earth and Atmospheric Science Blog! We use this space to share adventures of faculty and students in Earth and Atmospheric Science. 



Dr. Cindy Shellito is headed to Antarctica in January with the Homeward Bound program on the third all-female expedition of women scientists to Antarctica. Read more about it here.

Fieldwork Opportunities

With Colorado‚Äôs rich natural resources and diverse environment, UNC EAS students have close access to field opportunities for rich learning experiences. The department is only a 35-minute drive from the Rocky Mountain Front Range and a little over an hour from Rocky Mountain National Park.  Also within driving distance: Great Sand Dunes and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Parks in Colorado, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks of eastern Utah, Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado, the basins of central Wyoming and the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming.

Professor of Brain Storming

For UNC assistant professor Wendi Flynn, who grew up exploring the Boundary Waters wilderness area in Minnesota and Canada, choosing to study natural sciences was an easy choice. She focused on meteorology and had the opportunity to work on research--which shaped her own philosophy as she became a professor.

She wanted to work closely with students, and Greeley was well-located for studying meteorology, with its proximity to the mountains, plains and several great state-of-the-art facilities. That made UNC a perfect choice--and she enjoys bringing research and hands-on learning to her students.


Poudre Learning Center

UNC is highly regarded as a teacher of teachers, and students who are interested in teaching earth sciences find many opportunities and resources close to home. Poudre Learning Center offers hands-on learning for students and the community.

Learn More About Poudre Learning Center

Poudre River Learning Center