Telephone: Newark (302) 831-2841, Lewes (302) 645-4226
Department of Geography
Departmet of Geological Sciences
School of Marine Science & Policy
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 study of earth, ocean, and environmental systems is a vital part of ensuring a healthy future for our planet and all its inhabitants. The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) provides exemplary instruction with the goal of preparing students for a meaningful career in education, research, business, or government service.
Our multidisciplinary approach enables students to handle complex issues and give them a competitive advantage in their careers.The college’s goal is to produce well-rounded scientists, researchers and policy specialists who have the broad vision and interdisciplinary background necessary to address the sweeping, interrelated issues that are part of the study of ocean, earth and environmental systems.
CEOE offers the following graduate degree programs: Master's degrees in Geography, Geology, Marine Policy, Marine Studies(with concentrations in Marine Biosciences, Oceanography and Physical Ocean Science and Engineering) and Ocean Engineering; and the Ph.D. in Climatology Geography, Geology, Marine Studies (with concentrations in Marine Biosciences, Marine Policy, and Physical Ocean Science and Engineering) Oceanography, and Ocean Engineering.
The goal of the college is to educate scholars who will provide intellectual leadership in the areas of the physical and human geography, geological sciences, marine biosciences, marine policy, oceanography, and physical ocean science and engineering. Graduates of the college are expected to understand the complex interactions of these areas in real-world situations, in addition to mastering advanced work in the area of their specialty.
The college has facilities in two locations: on the main campus of the University in Newark and on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in the coastal city of Lewes at the mouth of the Delaware Bay. During the academic year, courses are taught at both sites. Interactive television linking the two sites minimizes the need for commuting between campuses. Students may live at either location depending on the nature of their research and the location of their advisor.
The college offers both field-oriented and laboratory-oriented research programs that take advantage of easy access to the Atlantic coast and Coastal Plain, the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays, and upland areas of the Piedmont and Appalachian Mountains. Additionally, there are many ongoing opportunities for research at a variety of locations around the world.
Note: these are general admission criteria. Please see specific programs for additional details for the particular departments and school.
Graduate student selection and advisement receive special attention at CEOE. Following a careful evaluation of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, undergraduate record, and three letters of recommendation, faculty and potential research advisors invite the most promising applicants to campus for interviews. A faculty member must agree to serve as the student’s advisor before admission may be offered.
All graduate degree applicants should submit the following:
- A completed graduate school application form including all references and supplemental materials and the required application fee
- GRE general aptitude test scores
- Official transcripts of all college work
- A supplemental page indicating the student’s specific interests (necessary to help the college identify an appropriate advisor)
Doctoral students should have the analytical skills needed to perform original, independent research of sufficient scope and depth for publication in internationally recognized professional journals. Proficiency in field and laboratory techniques and in computerized data processing must also be demonstrated through written and oral qualifying examinations and the doctoral dissertation.
Master’s degree students have similar, but less exhaustive requirements. Master’s candidates are required to complete 30–39 graduate credits and complete a thesis.
In addition to advanced work in the area of their specialty, graduate students in the college have the opportunity to conduct research on critical marine and earth issues under the guidance of distinguished faculty. Students are expected to think broadly about their work and its implications for society. Courses outside the student’s specialty ensure a well-rounded background.
Reserch Centers and Affiliated Programs
Geography (MA, MS, PhD)
Geological Sciences (MS, PhD)
School of Marine Science and Policy (MS, PhD)
Marine BioSciences (MS, PhD)
Marine Policy (MMP, PhD)
Oceanography (MS, PhD)
Physical Ocean Science And Engineering (MS, PhD)
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