Oregon State University


Oregon State University is internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system. Faculty and students are engaged in a wide range of ocean and atmospheric sciences which are global in scope–from coastal ocean dynamics and their impact on ocean ecosystems, to the study of undersea volcanoes and their link to plate tectonics, to how changes in Earth's continents affected ancient climates.

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.



The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences provides world-class leadership and education in observing and understanding the ever-changing earth, ocean, and atmosphere in support of a sustainable planet.


The mission of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is to enhance scientific understanding of the planet on which we live through innovative and relevant research, creative and effective teaching, and significant and practical outreach and engagement in support of Oregon State University's role as a land, sea, space, and sun grant university.

Defining qualities of the College are faculty excellence, leading-edge research, compelling educational and mentoring experiences, state-of-the-art facilities, and leadership in connecting our science to public issues critical to Oregon, the nation, and the world.