Ocean Technology Program

Ocean Tech aprons

Oceanography is increasingly dependent on technological advances to observe oceanographic processes and changes. The Ocean Technology Program provides experiential learning experiences where students develop skills and knowledge integrated across fields of ocean science, engineering, and computer science. This program enables students to be creative in addressing how the design, construction, and use of instruments can help address the pressing oceanographic questions of our time. Students interested in ocean technology can take the the course sequence outlined below:


In Autumn quarter, Ocean 161 (Introduction to Environmental Monitoring and Technology) introduces students to the broad variety of tools and techniques used to observe the ocean and surrounding environment. In Winter quarter, Ocean 351 (Fundamentals of Ocean Sensors) students introduces students to how ocean sensors work and provides interactive experiences for students to build sensors to measure a variety of different environmental variables. In Spring quarter, Ocean 261/361/461 is a project-based studio course where students continue to apply knowledge and skills developed in earlier courses to design and build underwater sensors in small groups. Students interested in continuing to work on design/build projects throughout the academic year can register for Ocean 462, a self-directed studio course. 


For more information contact, Sasha Seroy (sseroy@uw.edu).