Mission

The primary mission of our department is to educate students for a future in the earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Specifically, we prepare undergraduate students for advanced graduate work and for jobs in government and industry, and we prepare graduate students for careers in fundamental and applied research.

Our secondary mission is to provide students from other MIT departments with a basic education in the earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences. Experience in the field, proficiency in the laboratory, and familiarity with complex computer modeling are all essential to success in the EAPS research and instructional programs—and will serve all of our students well in their future careers.

The EAPS department is guided by an overarching mission to pursue strategic research in areas of strong societal interest that will ultimately lead to beneficial applications in the private and public sectors.

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