UW Oceanography is at the forefront of creating knowledge and understanding about the ocean through observation, theory, modeling and technological innovation.
The School of Oceanography fosters continued advancement of the ocean sciences, solutions to problems of societal relevance, and public awareness of the marine environment. It is at the forefront of creating knowledge and understanding about the ocean through observation, theory, modeling and technological innovation. The School focuses on learning and discovery, equipping students with knowledge and insights, scholarly methods, scientific tools and communication skills.
We offer the degrees of Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Our Director is Dr. Rick Keil, Professor of Chemical Oceanography.
There are currently 60 faculty. An additional 37 affiliate faculty, mainly drawn from the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, are also active in graduate advising.
The School offers outstanding educational opportunities. Sixty graduate students are in residence working within four areas of specialization (biological, chemical, physical, and marine geology and geophysics) and on a variety of interdisciplinary topics (climate change, extreme environments, and coastal systems). UW was the first institution to offer bachelors degrees in Oceanography, starting in 1955.