Oceanography - BS
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.
The BS in Oceanography has four themes: Ocean Observing Science and Technology (OOST), Ocean Climate (OC), Marine Ecosystems Processes (MEP) and Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry (MCG). All four themes share common requirements but allow for specialization depending on a student's interest. The OOST theme provides more emphasis in statistics and ocean observing systems; all students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets. The OC theme provides more emphasis in advanced math skills that can be applied to understanding ocean climate interactions; all students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets. The MEP theme provides more emphasis in biological and ecological processes; all students will gain skill in understanding and applying a biological framework to understanding the ocean. The MCG theme provides more emphasis on marine chemistry and geochemistry; all students will gain skill in understanding and applying a chemical and geochemical framework to understanding the ocean.
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. Students planning on attending graduate school are encouraged to also complete a minor in a STEM field.
For additional information, please visit https://ocean.tamu.edu/.