Bachelor of Science Degree - Oceanography Courses

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Oceanography (180 credits):  Oceanography, Basic Science, Upper Division Science and Other Courses


Oceanography Courses (41 credits)

Students should consult the University online course catalog and time schedules for Oceanography.

OCEAN 200 Introduction to Oceanography (3) Sp - Description of the oceans. Emphasis on the relations of biology, chemistry, geology and physics in marine environments. Examination of relationships and interactions at macro-, meso- and microscales in the ocean

OCEAN 201 Introduction to Oceanography (2) Sp - Provides opportunities to experiment with oceanographic concepts through laboratory and field experiences, and learn about the scientific method of inquiry as it applies to the study of geology, physics, chemistry, and biology of the ocean. Emphasizes topics that explore current challenges faced by the ocean and its ecosystem. Co-requisite: OCEAN 200

OCEAN 210 Ocean Circulation (3) A - The large-scale circulation of the ocean. Topics include temperature-salinity analysis; water mass identification; water, salt and heat budgets; chemical tracer distributions; advection and diffusion. Prerequisite: OCEAN 200 or 101

OCEAN 220 Introduction to Field Oceanography (3/5) Sp - Design and conduct a field study in oceanography. Field trip required during Spring break. Focus on active learning, deployment of instruments, data collection, interpretation, and presentation. Writing class. Prerequisite: either OCEAN 200, or OCEAN 250/BIOL 250/FISH/250; recommended: OCEAN 210. Offered: Sp

OCEAN 400 Chemical Oceanography (4) W - Physical and chemical properties of seawater and marine products; processes determining chemical makeup of oceans. Prerequisite: CHEM 152, OCEAN 210.

OCEAN 410 Marine Geology & Geophysics (4) A - Sedimentological and petrologic processes that determine the geologic record. Prerequisite: ESS 101 or 210

OCEAN 420 Physical Processes in Oceanography (4) W Physical properties and processes; theories and methods describing ocean currents, waves and tides. Prerequisite: either PHYS 116 or PHYS 123; either MATH 126, MATH 129, MATH 146 or QSCI 293; OCEAN 210

OCEAN 430 Biological Oceanography (4) A - Marine organisms, their quantitative distribution in time and space and their interactions with the ocean. Prerequisite: either BIOL 162 or BIOL 200; OCEAN 210

OCEAN 400-level (6 credits required) Special Topics in Oceanography. Various techniques in solving oceanographic problems. For students with senior standing

OCEAN 443 Design of Oceanographic Field Experiments (3) W - Case histories, presentations, and class exercises used to teach methods of formulating a research problem and proposal writing. Methods of data analysis, presentation, error estimation, library resource and data base use; web page implementation and design. Principles of cruise planning. Prerequisite: OCEAN 400; OCEAN 410; OCEAN 420; OCEAN 430

OCEAN 444 Oceanic Data Interpretation (5) Sp - Conduct field experiment (designed in OCEAN 443) during week-long cruise aboard a research vessel. Analyze samples/data and present results in a series of drafts and a final term paper. Results are also presented at a two-day-long public research symposium and on the students' individual web sites. Prerequisite: OCEAN 443