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The Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) combines the previous Departments of Geology, Oceanography, and Meteorology. With this merger, completed in 2010, Florida State University seeks to enhance teaching and research across disciplines concerned with our planet.Central tasks of EOAS are to offer excellent education in earth, ocean and atmospheric science, to contribute to scientific knowledge by conducting world‐class research, and to be a source of information for the public and decision makers. The department expands its efforts in classroom education by offering undergraduate degrees in environmental sciences with a strong interdisciplinary core.

In order to offer the best education, we emphasize that faculty personally teach and mentor students, thereby maintaining closest contact between faculty and students. EOAS faculty are resolute in the belief that their science plays an essential role in the life of the University and the education of tomorrow’s leaders. They are committed to expanding and strengthening that role. EOAS faculty are also committed to offering students rigorous field‐camps, research cruises, and internships; experiences that are essential to a rounded education. EOAS retains excellence in its established areas of research with vigorous recruitment of highly qualified graduate students and faculty.

The merged EOAS department recognizes an opportunity for fresh thinking and creative collaboration. For example, EOAS faculty foresee exciting new thrust in increasingly important systems approach reflecting that earth, ocean and atmosphere processes are coupled. The EOAS faculty is well positioned for broadly competitive funding and for developing research centers focused on emerging issues, thereby supporting the University’s strategic goals.

The Department will continue with the University to offer the public beyond its campus rigorous scholarship on matters of immediate social concern. Finding solutions for a sustainable future requires fluency in complex issues and objective reasoning based on the latest research results. In the coming decades, EOAS will serve the state, nation and world by graduating highly competent professionals who will play crucial roles in this vital effort. Its faculty will provide scientific leadership by securing funding for cutting‐edge research and publishing enduring scientific results, and teaching and mentoring students through innovative courses and research experience.

This strategic plan shows how the strength of EOAS will be enhanced by combining the proficiencies of its individual curricular branches. A plan of action lists specific initiatives designed to achieve our goals. Regular assessment of progress on these initiatives will ensure that EOAS succeeds as a combined department and becomes a world leader in the field.

Diversity and Inclusion

In EOAS, a diversity of backgrounds and experiences amongst our faculty, students, and staff and a culture of inclusiveness enrich our academic environment and are essential for maintaining a vibrant and stimulating community. We have a shared responsibility to respect and include our differences and recognize the unique contributions that individuals with many types of differences can make. EOAS is committed to increasing the diversity and inclusiveness of our department and providing resources for the physical, emotional, and intellectual well-being of all our members. EOAS is an equal opportunity department and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. University-wide, diversity and inclusion have long been central to Florida State’s mission; Florida State University has received national recognition for its unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion four years in a row with “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity” (HEED) Awards and was named by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as a “Diversity Champion” in higher education in 2017 for the second consecutive year.