The recent integration of the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Department of Geosciences has created a new College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, a new research and educational enterprise organized around the interdisciplinary sciences of the Earth, ocean, and atmosphere. It spans the natural science disciplines and creates strong linkages with the social sciences both within the new college as well as around the university. The new college prepares students and enables faculty to seek out new ideas and innovative approaches to the complex issues of planetary-scale science. It brings an entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit to its endeavors, willing to take risks and to create new partnerships. With its focus on innovation and exploration, the new college builds upon a strong tradition of analytical and computational technology. Advanced information technology is especially important, allowing faculty and students to create and integrate new observing systems and numerical models, pursue real-time and mobile applications, collaborate locally and globally, and ultimately build new approaches to research, teaching, and publishing.
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. It operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels, the 177-foot oceangoing Oceanus and Elakha, a 54-foot coastal research vessel. The College has an annual budget of more than $50 million, with much of the research support coming from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other federal agencies. It has over 100 faculty, 200 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Graduate programs include a Master's degree in Marine Resource Management, and Master's and PhD degrees in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Geology; and Geography. The new undergraduate program in Earth Sciences, together with the Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program, provide educational and research opportunities for the best undergraduate students: a national honors college for the Earth.