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.

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CANCELED: Telling the Good News, Too - Discussing Climate with Richard Alley, PhD

This event has been canceled. Please stay tuned for updates as we hope to have Dr. Alley visit USD in Fall 2020!

Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m.
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Theatre

Communicating on climate is not always easy. Thankfully, there's Dr. Richard Alley. Author and Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State, Dr. Alley studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level, and he's coming to USD as part of the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program.

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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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