Undergraduate Program

Learn how the natural world works.

The Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at MIT is vigorous and dynamic, uniting faculty and students in the quest to solve real world problems through the application of physics, chemistry, and mathematics.

With an emphasis on personal attention, the EAPS undergraduate program provides students with a challenging course of study in the geophysical sciences: geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geobiology, atmospheric science, oceanography, climate, planetary science, and astronomy. The Department’s flexible academic program allows students to develop individualized courses of study, and our small class sizes encourage and enhance student-professor interactions. Many of our classes involve studying in the field, at sites both local and distant. Through MIT’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), students in EAPS have ample opportunity to work alongside faculty conducting significant research.

For interested EAPS undergraduates, the Department offers a distinctive Fifth-Year Master of Science Degree Program.

Unleash your natural curiosity and change the world.

How do I become an EAPS major?

MIT first-year students choose a department for their major at the end of the Spring term. If you would like to discuss majoring in EAPS please talk to any faculty member or stop by the EAPS Education Office (54-912).