Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

scuba diverThe B.S. Oceanography program is designed specifically for students interested in pursuing professional, research or academic careers and/or advanced degrees in the ocean sciences. Because oceanography is a truly integrative and synthetic field which continues to become more technological and global in its approach, the oceanography degree program requires students to develop basic proficiencies in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology, and effective oral and written communication skills. In addition, the program allows students to focus on their specific interests through selection of appropriate elective course work. The program includes an applied learning component which can be fulfilled through appropriate field- or ship-based course work, internships, and/or faculty directed research.


Students must also complete a minimum of 33 hours of electives from the courses listed below. Courses must be selected from at least three different disciplines; 21 of which must be above the 299 level.

Total: 60-63 hours

Computer Requirement:

To satisfy the computer requirement for the B.S. degree in Oceanography a student must complete OCN 490 .

Oral Communication Requirement:

To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.S. degree in Oceanography a student must complete OCN 490 .

Applied Learning Requirement:

To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.S. degree in Oceanography a student must complete OCN 390  and OCN 490 .

Requirements for a B.S. degree in Oceanography

Student Learning Objectives for the B.S. degree in Oceanography

1: Students should understand and be able to apply the scientific method to oceanographic problems. 

2: Students should demonstrate the ability to:

  • critically read, logically evaluate, and
  • effectively communicate data, problems, and issues in oceanography

3: Students should be able to identify and describe:

  • basic oceanographic concepts and processes
  • common materials and constituents of the oceans
  • key events in the history and evolution of the oceans

4: Students must analyze and interpret oceanographic data in both laboratory and field settings, apply practical methods and techniques, and integrate their knowledge of mathematics and other natural sciences to evaluate arguments, and solve problems.


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