About the College | Welcome
"Is there any resource that is more fundamental to life, more inspiring, more mysterious than the earth itself? Together, the land and sea hold the keys to the health and the welfare of the Earth and all its inhabitants."
— Dr. Nancy M. Targett, Dean
Dr. Nancy M. Targett, Dean
Here at the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), we are working to reach a deeper understanding of our planet, improve stewardship of our environmental resources, and prepare the next generation of environmental science and policy leaders. We examine and integrate complex information from multiple disciplines, with the knowledge that science and society are firmly linked and that solutions to environmental challenges can be synonymous with positive economic impact. We educate individuals who want to make a difference.
Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
The undergraduate component of the College is currently housed within the Department of Geological Sciences and the Department of Geography. In Geological Sciences, students can major in Earth Science Education or Geology. Geology majors can undertake concentrations in Paleobiology or Coastal and Marine Geoscience. In the Department of Geography, students can major in Geography, Geography Education, Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. The Environmental Science and Environmental Studies programs are collaborative programs with a number of colleges and departments and majors specialize in one of a number of concentrations that give them more depth in a specific area of study of the environment. Students from science and engineering majors who are interested in studying the ocean can also minor in Marine Studies. These students will focus the minor in studying the physical ocean or marine ecosystems.
In addition, CEOE offers many research opportunities for undergraduate students. These include a Semester-In-Residence Program at the Lewes Campus and an NSF-supported Research for Undergraduates program in the summer. Additionally, undergraduates have the opportunity to work with faculty on special projects for the University's Honors Program and for Degrees with Distinction.
Opportunities for Graduate Students
Our graduate program offerings include both Master's and PhD degrees. Through the Department of Geography, the Department of Geological Sciences, or the School of Marine Science and Policy, students may pursue master's and doctoral degrees in Geography, Climatology, Geology, Oceanography, and Marine Studies. Students pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. in Marine Studies can select concentrations in Marine Bioscience, Marine Policy, Oceanography, or Physical Ocean Science and Engineering.
Who We Are
Since the college's founding in 1970, we have sought to create one of the pre-eminent institutions with earth, ocean and, environmental programs in the nation. The 2006 union with the Department of Geological Sciences and the 2009 union with the Department of Geography add the critical component of our earth systems and furthers our quest for excellence in the field. Through these departments and the School of Marine Science and Policy, CEOE brings the latest advances in technology to bear on both teaching and conducting ocean, earth, and atmospheric research. Our distinguished faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Association of Geology Teachers, The Archaeological Institute of America, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, a Presidential Faculty Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and several University named professors.
The college is the administrative base of the Delaware Geological Survey, the Delaware Geographic Alliance, the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, and is home to the secretariat of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR).
We hope you will join us in pursuing a deeper understanding of our blue planet. Please visit our web site often to learn about our latest CEOE activities.