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Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

The Department of Oceanography offers a 120-hour Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. This new major provides students with an interdisciplinary education and training in one of three areas of ocean science: Ocean Observing Systems and Technology (OOST), Ocean Climate (OC) and Marine Ecosystem Science and Health (MESH). All students will gain skill in handling, evaluating and analyzing large datasets such as those generated from long-term oceanographic studies and observing systems.

The exploration and exploitation of energy resources in deeper waters offshore (e.g. Gulf of Mexico), the continued growth of human populations along the coast, and growing efforts to predict and mitigate coastal hazards (e.g. hurricanes, tsunami, oil spills, and harmful algal blooms) is driving an increase in the need and opportunities for well-trained ocean scientists. Graduates from this program will find jobs in marine operations, homeland security applications, monitoring water quality, predicting threats to human health, oil spill response, severe weather prediction, forecasting hazards, improving search and rescue success, and climate change research. 

Students planning to attend graduate school after completing the B.S. in Oceanography are encouraged to also complete a minor in a STEM field (e.g. biology, chemistry, math, physics, etc.). Each track has several STEM minor options that, with the proper selection of track and technical electives, will not result in any additional coursework beyond the 120-hour major. Contact the Department of Oceanography Academic Advisor for more information.

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