Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

Oceanography is an interdisciplinary science that starts with a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, math and geology.  

At the 200 level, students take a sequence of foundational oceanography courses (Ocean 200/201 and Ocean 210), learn introductory python programming and basic statistics in Ocean 215, and experience field methods in Ocean 220

At the 300 level, majors complete a full year course sequence in ocean science from the interaction of the seafloor and water column (Ocean 310), to coastal oceanography (Ocean 320), to global biogeochemical cycles (Ocean 330).  Majors also learn the fundamentals of how ocean sensors work (and build their own!) in Ocean 351.  

At the 400 level, majors complete a year-long senior thesis and take a selection of upper division special topics courses that provide both breadth and depth.

Course planning:

Sample four-year course plan for a life sciences oriented STEM student

Sample four-year course plan for a physical sciences oriented STEM student

Compressed two-year course plan for transfer students, and those discovering oceanography after their first 2 years at UW

Compressed two-year + Fall Qtr course plan for transfer students with limited basic science/math preparation

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