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Department of Earth and Ocean Studies



  • Existence: 2012


The Department of Geology changed its name to the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in 2012. The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences seeks to educate our students for a lifetime of intellectual pursuits and to contribute to the knowledge of Earth and its history and processes.<br /><br />The overall mission of a university is to create and transmit knowledge. Within that framework, the mission of our department is to enable students to apply scientific methodology and principles to the study of Earth and other planets. The record of Earth's 4.6 billion year history provides a wealth of information about the materials, processes, and events critical to its past, present, and future.<br /><br />We seek to accomplish our mission through the following goals in our teaching and research:<br /><br /> * Convey and promote fundamental knowledge in geology, related sciences, and mathematics through a curriculum that provides depth and breadth * Convey the significance and relevance of past and present Earth processes for current problems and predictions about the future * Develop students' abilities to identify problems and address solutions creatively, scientifically, and rigorously * Impart an appreciation and understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of planetary systems including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere * Instill a sense of responsibility and ethics in science * Produce scholarly work that reflects the current state of the science and that responds to pressing scientific objectives<br /><br />Successful fulfillment of these goals produces students who have an intellectual framework built on facts, with the resources to draw on this knowledge in useful and creative ways. As future scientists and voting citizens of the world, our students will have the tools of scientific reasoning to assess ideas and hypotheses, and evaluate proposed solutions to problems.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences Records

Call Number: UA159
Scope and Contents This collection contains articles; books and booklets; building plans; correspondence; course catalogs and course packets; equipment and instruments; notes; photographs; and serials. The materials document the activities of the Department of Geology and the Department of Earth and Ocean Studies. Prominent individuals include Robert L. Nichols, a noted explorer, geologist, and Tufts University faculty member.
Dates: 1850 -- 2012