Doctor of Philosophy in Oceanography

Oceanography is the interdisciplinary science that focuses on the ocean, its contents, and its boundaries. Whereas typical graduate programs lead to progressively more specialization, oceanography as an interdisciplinary field admits graduates of specialized areas such as biology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, or engineering and initially broadens their education with a core of required oceanography courses.

These core courses include the four specializations of the oceanography program — biological, chemical, geological, and physical oceanography—as well as a communicating ocean science course. After this exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography, the graduate student refocuses on their particular subject area to pursue research at the leading edge of the science.