Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography

M.S. in Marine Science with an Option in Physical Oceanography

Underwater pictureOur faculty also contribute to the Masters in Science in Marine Science. You might consider getting a bachelor's degree with an option in physical oceanography and then going on to obtaining an M.S. in Marine Science with an option in physical oceanography. See Dr. Bingham, Dr. McNamara, or Dr. Morrison for further details. [PHY Graduate Courses, Degree Requirements]

Nationally there is a critical need for physical oceanographers. In fact, on July 19, 2010, the President established the first National Policy for Stewardship of our Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes which recommends increasing our education about "the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes and their uses to build a foundation for greater understanding and improved stewardship, and build capacity to produce future scientists, managers, and members of a dynamic and innovative workforce." The Bureau of Labor Statistics ( projects that employment of geophysicists and oceanographers is expected to grow 18%, faster than the average for all occupations during the 2008-18 decade!