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Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

The Department of Oceanography offers a 120-hour Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. This major provides students with an interdisciplinary education and training in one of three areas of ocean science: Ocean Observing Systems and Technology (OOST), Ocean Climate (OC), or Marine Ecosystem Science and Health (MESH). All students will gain skills in handling, evaluating, and analyzing large datasets, such as those generated from long-term oceanographic studies and observing systems.

The exploration of energy resources in deeper waters offshore (e.g. Gulf of Mexico), the continued growth of human populations along the coast, and growing efforts to predict and mitigate coastal hazards (e.g. hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, and harmful algal blooms) is driving an increase in the need and opportunities for well-trained ocean scientists. Graduates from this program will find jobs in marine operations, homeland security applications, water quality monitoring, human health threat prediction, oil spill response, severe weather prediction, hazards forecasting, search and rescue optimization, and climate change research.

Students planning to attend graduate school after completing the B.S. in Oceanography are encouraged to also complete a minor in a STEM field (e.g. biology, chemistry, math, physics, etc.). Each track has several STEM minor options that, with the proper selection of track and technical electives, will not result in any additional coursework beyond the 120-hour major. Contact the Department of Oceanography Academic Advisor for more information.

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Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Oceanography take the following major coursework. A full listing of course descriptions can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Major Coursework

  • OCNG 203 Communicating Oceanography Lab
  • OCNG 251 Oceanography
  • OCNG 252 Oceanography Lab
  • OCNG 303 Professional Communication in Ocean Science
  • OCNG 410 Physical Oceanography
  • OCNG 420 Biological Oceanography
  • OCNG 430 Geological Oceanography
  • OCNG 440 Chemical Oceanography
  • OCNG 443 Oceanographic Field and Laboratory Methods
  • OCNG 456 Matlab Programming Lab for Ocean Science
  • OCNG 461 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication
  • OCNG 469 Python for Geoscience
  • OCNG 481 Seminar in Oceanography
  • GEOS 470 Data Analysis and Methods in Geoscience

Concentration Coursework

At the end of their freshman year, students will select one of the following tracks:

Minor in Oceanography

The College of Geosciences offers a 15-credit-hour minor in Oceanography for undergraduate students. Students may take any combination of Oceanography courses including research credit hours with an individual faculty member. Contact the department academic advisor for more information.

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