The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) is dedicated to advancing the understanding of Earth’s natural systems and the interactions of humans with the environment through engaged interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach. The college’s goal is to produce well-rounded scientists, researchers, policy specialists and educators who have the broad vision and multidisciplinary background necessary to address the sweeping, interrelated issues that are part of the study of ocean, earth and environmental systems.
With a deep commitment to excellence in academics, research and public outreach, CEOE plays a leading role in educating future marine, earth and environmental scientists, educators and policy specialists. Our interdisciplinary emphasis and commitment to the highest scientific ideals prepares students for rewarding careers in teaching, research, and public service. The classrooms and labs at both the Newark and Lewes campuses are active and engaging learning environments where students work closely with the premiere faculty of the college.
Earth, ocean, and environmental scientists view the world on many temporal and spatial levels. From the microscopic realm of bacteria and plankton, to the changes caused by land-surface processes and the everyday domain of the coastal ocean to the panoramic perspective of satellites in space, our scientists and students look at the world through many lenses. We also study the human interactions with the planet and her systems to better understand our interconnectedness with the world. Whether it be the cultural and economic landscapes of countries that span the globe, or our own backyards and impacts in our local communities, Human Geographers and Marine Policy specialists strive to better understand how we impact and are impacted by the world in which we live. Here at CEOE, we strive to bring our picture of the Earth, her ocean and environment into ever-sharper focus and to educate well-rounded scientists, educators and policy specialists with the broad vision needed to address today's global problems and develop solutions. Our graduates are interested in all interaction with the planet — from legal, economic, and political aspects of conflict resolution, to understanding and applying natural science principles for the mutual benefit of humankind and the environment. CEOE alumni hold rewarding careers around the globe, as professors, school teachers, research scientists, ocean engineers, development geologists, resource managers, geoarcheologists, geographers, marine biologists, business owners, environmental statisticians, doctors, lawyers, journalists, and diplomats.
Concerns such as climate change, globalization and migration, marine pollution, watershed degradation, energy independence and fisheries decline are at the heart of our work at CEOE. Meeting these challenges often demands expertise in several disciplines, and our curriculum reflects this reality.
Undergraduate students interested in the environment, the Earth, and the ocean are connected to CEOE in a number of ways: a) As majors in Earth Science Education, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Geography Education, Geography, Geological Sciences, or Marine Science b) As students getting a minor in Coastal and Marine Geoscience, Geography, Geological Sciences, or Marine Studies; and c) Participating in research opportunities within CEOE. Students can undertake an individual research project with a faculty member, participate in our NSF-Sponsored Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates, engage in our Semester In Residence Program at the Lewes campus, through participation in the University of Delaware’s Undergraduate Research Program, as well as through other research opportunities.
For detailed information about the college's research and facilities, please visit the CEOE website. There you can find information specific to the departments and school that make up CEOE [Department of Geological Sciences, Department of Geography; School of Marine Science and Policy] and you can also find information regarding specific faculty members and his/her research interests.
Degree Program Offerings
Dean's Scholar Program
NSF Marine Sciences Summer Internship
Marine Policy Internship
Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (POSE) Summer Internship
School of Marine Science and Policy (SMSP)
Environmental Science and Environmental Studies
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