Bachelor of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - General

The EAS degree is comparable to traditional degrees in meteorology and environmental sciences, but the program has several unique attributes. EAS courses provide "hands-on" experiences in collection and interpretation of environmental data and in predictive modeling. The integrated approach of the program gives a broad environmental background while still allowing students to specialize in meteorology, earth science, education, or a business option. The program prepares students for graduate study or immediate employment in fields such as meteorology, air quality, environmental chemistry, exploration geophysics, geological engineering, geological hazards, impact assessment, and environmental policy. Electives (30 hours), both within the School and in other units of Georgia Tech, allow students considerable flexibility in tailoring their degree programs according to individual career goals. The School provides incentives and encouragement for undergraduate students to participate in ongoing research with the faculty.

APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Core A - Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1552Integral Calculus 24
Core B - Institutional Options
CS 1371Computing for Engineers 23
Core C - Humanities
Any HUM6
Core D - Science, Math, & Technology
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I 24
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus 22
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra 22
Core E - Social Sciences
Select one of the following:3
The United States to 1877
The United States since 1877
American Government in Comparative Perspective
Government of the United States
American Constitutional Issues
Any SS9
Core F - Courses Related to Major
MATH 2551Multivariable Calculus 24
MATH 2552Differential Equations 24
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I 24
or PHYS 2212 Introductory Physics II
EAS Technical Electives5
EAS Core
EAS 1600Introduction to Environmental Science4
EAS 2600Earth Processes4
EAS 2655Quantitative Techniques in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences3
EAS 3603Thermodynamics of Earth Systems3
Select two of the following:6
Introduction to Geophysics
Structural Geology and Continuum Mechanics 4
Environmental Geochemistry
Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Physics of Planets
Atmospheric Dynamics
Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following:1
Structural Geology and Continuum Mechanics 4
Environmental Geochemistry Lab
Atmospheric Dynamics Practicum
EAS Capstone 57
Environmental Field Methods
Earth System Modeling
Research Option
EAS Technical Electives
Select 14 credit hours from the following: 114
Environmental Engineering Systems
Air Pollution Engineering
Habitable Planet
Environmental Measures of Urban and Regional Change
Introduction to Meteorological Analysis
Physics of the Weather
EAS 3000-level or higher
Free Electives
Free Electives 318
Total Credit Hours122

Pass/fail allowed only for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Free Electives.

International Plan

The EAS with International Plan (EAS-IP) is designed to give a student a solid, global competence within the context of an Earth and Atmospheric Science degree.

The major course requirements are the same for both EAS and EAS-IP. Where they differ is that for the EAS-IP degree, a student:

  1. Spends 26 weeks abroad engaged in any combination of study abroad, research, or internship.
  2. Takes their Social Science/Humanities electives in targeted areas:
    1. International relations
    2. Global economics
    3. A course about a particular country or region
  3. Complete the equivalent to two years of college-level language study. See Georgia IP requirements for the different options:
  4. Complete a capstone course that combines their global experience with their EAS degree.
EAS Undergraduate Information

Research Option

The BS in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences with Research Option allows students to emphasize their interest in research. To complete the Research Option in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences students must:

  1. Complete at least nine units of undergraduate research
    1. Courses should span at least two, preferably three terms (note there is also a two semester sequence of proposal and thesis writing courses - see below)
    2. Research may be for either pay (EAS 4698) or credit (EAS 4699)
    3. At least six of the nine required credit hours should be on the same topic
  2. Complete a research proposal outlining their research topic and project for the thesis while taking LMC 4701.
  3. Write an undergraduate thesis/report of research on their findings while taking LMC 4702.

To submit your intent form to Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), please go to the web form at This form must be completed and can also be reached from the main UROP webpage.

For further information, consult the EAS Undergraduate Coordinator.

General Research Option Information

BS/MS Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

EAS offers a BS/MS Program. EAS majors may apply to the BS/MS program after completing at least thirty semester credit hours at Georgia Tech with a GPA of at least 3.5.

Students admitted to the program must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

As part of the program, students may use up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in the major discipline for both degrees.

To apply, complete the BS/MS application form, a biographical statement, and two letters of recommendation.