Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

CEOAS professors and students


The Earth is a complex system shaped by natural and human forces. Oregon State University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) is renowned for excellence in basic and applied research on Earth systems. Our work extends from the Pacific Northwest to both poles, from the bottom of the ocean to the upper reaches of the atmosphere, from human interactions with the environment to studies of other planets in our solar system. CEOAS faculty, staff, and students contribute to the success of the global science enterprise by serving as intellectual leaders, innovators, and stewards of critical research infrastructure for Oregon and the nation.

Academic programs in CEOAS are interwoven with research and combine classroom excellence with experiential learning, including extensive field experiences. Our graduate programs are recognized as among the best in the world. Leveraging this legacy, CEOAS is now growing novel undergraduate programs in Ocean Science, Climate Science, and Geography and Geospatial Science – complementing highly successful undergraduate programs in Geology and Environmental Sciences. Graduate programs include both disciplinary (Geology, Geography) and interdisciplinary majors (Marine Resource Management; Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences) and successfully place students in academic, government, nonprofit, and private sector jobs.


Global recognition for sustained research excellence in the study of Earth’s past, present, and future; rigorous academic programs that train the next generation of scholars and practitioners; transformation of knowledge into solutions for our future.


To pursue knowledge of the Earth system, to apply this knowledge to build a more resilient future, to integrate research with academic programs, and to create global citizens and scholars. CEOAS contributes to OSU’s status as a premier research institution, serving Oregon and the world.


Excellence in research, education, and global engagement to solve the environmental challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Enterprise, innovation, and collaboration among faculty, staff, and students.

An inclusive organization where individuals and groups can thrive through meaningful leadership or professional opportunities, and where diverse approaches to scholarship and engagement are respected.

Learn more about CEOAS in our Strategic Plan