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Graduate Programs in Oceanography

Oceanography is the interdisciplinary science that focuses on the ocean, its contents and its boundaries. Whereas typical graduate programs lead to progressively more specialization, oceanography as an interdisciplinary field admits graduates of specialized areas such as biology, chemistry, geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics or engineering and initially broadens their education with a core of required oceanography courses. These core courses include the four specializations of the oceanography program—biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography—as well as a communicating ocean science course. After this exposure to the interdisciplinary nature of oceanography, the graduate student refocuses in his or her particular subject area to pursue research at the leading edge of the science.

A background in oceanography or marine science is not required, and students with a degree in any quantitative STEM discipline, including physics, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics and engineering, are encouraged to apply.

To qualify for an advanced degree in oceanography, the student must demonstrate an ability to apply basic science to the marine environment. This capability requires a combination of principles and methods and a certain body of knowledge unique to oceanography; a student of oceanography must become conversant in all of the marine sciences.

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