The study of Earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at MIT combines the momentum of a top-ranked research university with the advantages of an accessible, collegial department. We offer opportunities for far-ranging field work as well as laboratory modeling and experimentation closely guided by renowned MIT faculty members. EAPS students explore the genesis, structure, and dynamics of the Earth’s core and land surface, oceans and atmospheres, biosphere and solar system. Our challenging fields of study integrate biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics in a variety of ways depending on individual student interests.
Examples of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences courses can be found on MIT OpenCourseWare.
The EAPS graduate program offers students a learning and research environment that is unequaled in its interdisciplinary opportunities. EAPS graduate students interact with accomplished faculty and researchers and have access to world-class facilities. Our department participates actively in the Joint Program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
EAPS graduate students may pursue a doctoral degree or, in select cases, a traditional master of science degree.
Learn more about the EAPS graduate program.
The EAPS undergraduate program provides students the opportunity to study the geophysical sciences necessary for understanding the Earth and solar system. Undergraduates develop skills in quantifying and modeling natural systems in which longer time scales and larger space scales are principal considerations. Being able to analyze the behavior of complex systems—an important skill developed through the study of the geophysical sciences—can later be adapted to the study of problems in virtually any field.
- EAPS undergraduate program
- Our fifth-year master of science degree program for EAPS majors and majors in relevant other departments at MIT.
Designed for incoming first-year students, Terrascope is a learning community focused on project-based learning. It is co-directed by EAPS and Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Learn more about Terrascope and the associated class, Solving Complex Problems.
Incoming first-year students interested in getting acquainted with EAPS faculty and students should consider attending one of the Discover EAPS (DEAPS) field trips that are offered during MIT’s Pre-Orientation program.
- DEAPS: Extreme Weather & Climate
- DEAPS: Yellowstone National Park; Vulcanism, Geothermal Features, and Life in Extreme Conditions
Statement on the Role of Diversity
A diverse student body is and has long been critical to the educational mission of MIT. We are committed to providing our students “with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.”
This statement has been adapted from the CUAFA Statement on the Role of Diversity in MIT’s Educational Mission.
Guided by our Principles of Community, EAPS is committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our department, and in Earth science more generally. Read more about the department's current DEI efforts.