Marine Science

BS Oceanography

The BS in Oceanography consists of a rigorous sequence of courses designed to prepare students for graduate work or employment in the field of oceanography.  In the first two years students complete core courses in biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as field- and lab-based coursework in oceanography and marine biology.  In the last two years students complete required courses in chemical, geological, and physical oceanography, and elective courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science,  and physical sciences.

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BS Oceanography Course Requirements

BS Oceanography Program Objectives

On completion of the BS in Marine Biology, students will demonstrate:

1.    An understanding of the fundamental principles in the physical and  biological sciences

2.    The ability to apply and integrate scientific principles from chemistry, physics, geology, and biology to understand complex processes in the marine environment.

3.    The ability to plan and implement observational and experimental studies of marine systems and analyze the data obtained from these studies using appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques.

4.    The ability to communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats using appropriate computer applications for data analysis and presentation.

 5.    The ability to find published information from a variety of printed and electronic sources.  

 6.    The ability to use the perspective of physics, chemistry, geology and biology to understand the functioning of the marine systems.