Oceanography - BS, Marine Ecosystem Science and Health Track

This track in Oceanography provides students with an interdisciplinary education and training in 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOS 101 Introduction to the Geosciences 1
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1 4
OCNG 251
OCNG 252
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206
PHYS 226
Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science
and Physics of Motion Laboratory for the Sciences
4
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
BIOL 111 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 227
CHEM 237
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
OCNG 203 Communicating Oceanography Laboratory 1
STAT 211 Principles of Statistics I 3
American history 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 228
CHEM 238
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
COMM 203
Public Speaking
or Communication for Technical Professions
3
PHYS 207
PHYS 227
Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory for the Sciences
4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
OCNG 410 Physical Oceanography 3
OCNG 420 Biological Oceanography 3
OCNG 456
MATLAB Programming for Ocean Sciences
or Python for Geosciences
3
Creative arts 3
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOS 470
GEOS 471
Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences
and Data Methods in Geosciences Laboratory
4
OCNG 430 Geological Oceanography 3
OCNG 440 Chemical Oceanography 3
Government/Political science 3
Track elective 2 2
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
OCNG 303 Professional Communication in Oceanography 3
OCNG 443 Oceanographic Field and Laboratory Methods 3
OCNG 481 Seminar 1
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Technical elective 3 2
Track elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
OCNG 461 Advanced Oceanographic Data Analysis and Communication 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Technical elective 3 3
Track elective 2 2
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours120