Oregon State University is ranked among the strongest Earth and environmental sciences programs in the world by the journal Nature. In fact, we ranked 30th among all programs (which includes both universities and federal agencies), 20th among world universities, and 16th among American universities. Oregon State has strong international programs in Earth and marine sciences – primarily in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences.
The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences features world-class people and programs across the Earth sciences. Our faculty have earned top honors from the most respected societies and foundations, including a MacArthur "Genius Fellowship," an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and more than a dozen fellowships from the American Geophysical Union.
Oregon State scientists are impacting international discussions on climate change. Two faculty in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences were contributors to the most recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports, considered the scientific gold standard for understanding the risk of human-induced climate change.
Every undergraduate student participates in experiential learning. Through extended overnight excursions, field sites in California and Oregon, or outings on the open sea, the college equips students with the applied skills to transition from classroom to real world.
The college is home to one of the nation's largest archives of sediment cores, allowing us to better understand the past and predict future conditions on our planet.
Oregon State University has demonstrated excellence in the Earth sciences for more than 100 years. Our accomplishments include helping to understand the occurrence of Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquakes, improving detection of marine animals with sonar, understanding the impact of superwaves on ocean conditions and our climate and observing the first low-oxygen (hypoxia) conditions in the near-shore waters – which, before 2002, had never been observed in more than 50 years of measurement. Our scientists were also the first to discover a community of living creatures around hydrothermal vents, expanding our vision of life on Earth.
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