Oceanography - BS

The Department of Oceanography offers a BS in Oceanography.

The BS in Oceanography 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) and Marine Ecosystem Science and Health (MESH).  All students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets.

The BS in Oceanography curriculum: 1) Provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of the oceans and the processes affecting them for use in careers in marine science or other related fields; 2) Provides students with the skills to retrieve, evaluate, and analyze large oceanographic datasets such as those generated from long term oceanographic studies and observing systems; and 3) Emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Students planning on attending graduate school are encouraged to also complete a minor in a STEM field.  Many graduates will obtain jobs in in a variety of fields including marine technical support, energy and transportation industries, insurance industries, hazard mitigation, marine operations, homeland security, oil spill response, etc.

OCNG 251
OCNG 252
and Oceanography Laboratory
OCNG 203Communicating Oceanography Laboratory1
OCNG 303Professional Communication in Oceanography3
OCNG 410Physical Oceanography3
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography3
OCNG 430Geological Oceanography3
OCNG 440Chemical Oceanography3
OCNG 443Oceanographic Field and Laboratory Methods3
OCNG 456MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences3
or OCNG 469   or Python for Geosciences 
OCNG 461Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication3
OCNG 481Seminar1
GEOS 470Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences3
GEOS 101Introduction to the Geosciences1
Technical electives 16
Concentration electives 218
University and College Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
COMM 203Public Speaking3
or COMM 205   or Communication for Technical Professions 
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 34
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 34
STAT 211Principles of Statistics I3
Life and physical sciences
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I4
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II4
PHYS 218Mechanics4
PHYS 208Electricity and Optics4
Creative arts3
Language, philosophy and culture3
Social and behavioral sciences3
American history6
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Total Semester Credit Hours120
Ocean Climate Track
MATH 251Engineering Mathematics III3
MATH 308Differential Equations3
Track electives12
Weather and Climate
Weather Forecasting Laboratory
Physical and Regional Climatology
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing
Past Climates
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Modeling of Ocean Climate
MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences
Python for Geosciences
Optics and Thermal Physics
Principles of Statistics II
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Ocean Observing Track
STAT 212Principles of Statistics II3
OCNG 404Ocean Observing Systems3
Track electives12
Weather and Climate
Weather Forecasting Laboratory
Weather Observation and Analysis
Remote Sensing in Geosciences
Marine Pollution
MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences
Python for Geosciences
Principles of Sample Surveys
Total Semester Credit Hours18
Marine Ecosystem Science and Health Track
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Track electives10
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution
Molecular Cell Biology
Genes, Ecology and Evolution
Fundamentals of Microbiology
Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis
Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry
Chemistry of Environmental Pollution
Analytical Chemistry
Principles of Genetics
Marine Pollution
Microbial Oceanography
Hydrothermal Vents and Mid-Ocean Ridges
MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences
Python for Geosciences
Total Semester Credit Hours18