Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences

We offer both field and laboratory intensive courses, providing our students with outstanding hands-on experience that prepares them for graduate school and/or careers in environmental science. Faculty members and students are actively involved in research, with projects that take them all over the world.

We are a research-oriented department, offering undergraduate and graduate programs, with numerous opportunities in the field alongside passionate and engaged faculty in San Diego - and across the globe. Our goal is to bridge concepts between disciplines, so our students can address multifaceted challenges. Rooted in the liberal arts and committed to advanced research, our undergraduate and graduate students gain the benefit of a well-rounded, comprehensive education that is bolstered by applicable field work and lab experience

Liz speaks to a class during Anza Borrego field trip.
Dr. Gray and her research students prepare an instrument for deployment.

Why Choose Environmental and Ocean Sciences at USD:

Research-Based Curriculum

Students have the ability to work alongside their faculty mentors and apply their coursework in the field - regionally and across the globe.

Faculty Engagement

Students are advised by faculty who are committed to their success, so students make the most of their time at USD from a research, coursework and experiential learning perspective.

Interdisciplinary Focus

Students graduate with a complete view of how marine and ocean sciences affect society, so they are perfectly positioned for multidimensional positions such as environmental/public policy, economics, oceanography, etc.

What can I do with this major? EOSC: Environmental Studies/Science Pathway

What can I do with this major? EOSC: Marine Ecology Pathway

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  • EOSC senior Nicole Yamada shows high school students the augmented reality sandbox.

    Garibaldi Bowl 2019

    // February 28, 2019

    The Department of Environmental and Ocean Sciences has been hosting the annual San Diego Garibaldi Bowl for the last four years under the di…

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    DNA shows great white shark attacked boy off Encinitas beach

    // October 11, 2018

    Results from DNA testing of a wetsuit worn by a teenage boy bitten by a shark last month while lobster diving in Encinitas confirmed he was …

  • Outdoor Adventures Summer 2018

    Summer Takes Toreros Around the World

    // September 4, 2018

    University of San Diego students, faculty and staff spent their summer doing a variety of things: Many studied abroad. Several did research.…

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