Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Graduate Programs

Graduate Degrees

The College prepares students to seek out new ideas and innovative approaches to the complex issues of planetary-scale science. With its focus on innovation and exploration, the college builds upon a strong tradition of analytical and computational technology, allowing students to create and integrate new observing systems and numerical models, pursue real-time and mobile applications, collaborate locally and globally, and build new approaches to research, teaching, and publishing. It has over 100 faculty and 200 graduate students.


Geography is the study of human use and interaction with the Earth and the identification of spatial and temporal variation in natural and human processes. The program has an applied orientation with three areas of excellence: 1) geospatial technologies and analysis; 2) Water, climate, and society; and 3) resources, planning and hazards.


Geology is an integrative field, drawing on mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology to understand the interactions of the lithosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. Students pursue research ranging from study of the earth's interior workings to paleoclimate, natural hazards, tectonics and Earth resources.

Marine Resource Management

Marine Resource Management (MRM) is a science-based, interdisciplinary master's program that combines the study of biological and physical science of the marine environment with the study of the social, economic, legal, educational and political processes that govern human uses of marine and coastal resources. Graduates from the program are trained to bridge the gap between science and policy.

Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences

Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences (OEAS) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program that includes biological, chemical, geological, and physical processes in marine and terrestrial environments. Students obtain a broad knowledge of earth system science in addition to pursuing focused course work and research in the following areas as directed by their program committee: physics of oceans and atmospheres (POA), ocean ecology and biogeochemistry (OEB), and geology and geophysics (G&G).


The College offers Professional certificates at the graduate level for Geographic Information Science, Marine Resource Management, and Water Conflict Management and Transformation.

Field Experiences

Nearly all courses in the College include a lab, a recitation section, or a field trip. Graduate field courses are offered in Oregon geography, Cascadia geology, geomorphology and landscape ecology, and advanced math (taught at the Oregon coast) for natural sciences students.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT)

The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) project at Oregon State University (OSU) prepares a new generation of natural resource scientists and managers who combine mathematics, statistics, and computer science with environmental and social sciences to study, protect, and manage ocean systems. Trainees learn to work in transdisciplinary research groups on significant societal problems using large and ever-expanding data resources. With powerful analytical tools, they will be best equipped to track and study the top-down effects of human actions and the bottom-up effects of climate change on the ocean system.