Oceanography Major

7080
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code:  7080 Degree Awarded:  Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction:  N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

Program Chair
John G. Windsor Jr., Ph.D.

The Department of Marine and Environmental Systems integrates the expertise and skills of ocean scientists, engineers and managers. The oceanography faculty includes highly qualified individuals devoted to research involving the study of ocean currents and waves, coastal processes, planktonic and benthonic organisms, marine meteorology, hydroacoustic applications, and trace-metal pollution identification and distribution. How these research efforts impact the deep-sea, coastal and estuarine environment is the subject of numerous publications and technical reports, which have been prepared by both faculty and students.

Much of the instructional work on estuarine and coastal waters is conducted as part of applied research contracts that use the program's small motor-powered skiffs and chartered vessels for river, estuarine and offshore work. Access to the ocean is through Port Canaveral and/or Sebastian Inlet; the Gulf Stream can be reached in about three hours. These routes to the sea also provide convenient access to the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Oceanography combines classroom and laboratory work at the main campus in Melbourne with the analysis of oceanographic data collected by students using program research vessels and boats.

During the first two years, the student concentrates on building a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and the humanities. The student can then choose one of five concentrations: biological, chemical or physical oceanography, coastal zone management or marine environmental science. Transferring from one concentration to another during the first two years will incur little or no loss of academic credits. In all concentrations, emphasis is placed on a strong scientific background for the student so that he or she is prepared for more advanced studies in graduate school or employment by industry or government. The program promotes the concept of applied research through a summer Marine Field Project. Both programs are conducted under the direction of faculty members and are designed to help the student use previous academic coursework in a relevant manner. The marine studies/oceanography undergraduate curricula are designed to prepare the graduate for a professional scientific career and graduate studies, exploring the scientific implications of human activities in and near the oceans. Oceanography offers five program concentrations:

Biological Oceanography: Provides training in all areas of oceanography with emphasis on biological aspects. Advanced courses in biology supplement those in oceanography.

Chemical Oceanography: Includes practical training in marine and environmental chemistry. Advanced courses in chemistry supplement those in oceanography.

Coastal Zone Management (CZM): Provides training in all areas of oceanography, while providing knowledge of decision-making and management concepts.

Marine Environmental Science: Offers a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to meet specific educational/professional goals within the broad field of marine science.

Physical Oceanography: The most quantitative concentration, it includes advanced courses in mathematics and engineering as well as oceanography.

Students interested in environmental sciences should also see "Environmental Sciences" in this section.

Degree Requirements

All Concentrations

Freshman Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    *
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces basic macro- and microeconomic concepts. Includes the economic role of government, business and individuals. Seeks to acquaint the student with sufficient material to understand major concepts and terminology used in our economy and the global community.
    Requirement(s):
    College of Business majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 3
    Consists of six interrelated modules (cosmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, anthroposphere) taught by faculty of the College of Engineering, College of Aeronautics and College of Science. Emphasizes the interactions and interdependence of Earth systems. Includes the role of humans in global change.
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys oceanography including biological, chemical, geological and physical processes in the ocean. Includes field trips.
Sophomore Year
Fall (14-17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • OCN 2602 Environmental Geology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Reviews the internal and external processes that have shaped Earth's surface and how an understanding of these processes can be used to successfully manage modern problems of organization and mineral exploration. Successful management of environmental and geological hazards relies on an understanding of the basic principles of physical geology.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 3-6
Spring (14-15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Random variables, expectations, sampling and estimation of parameters, normal and other distributions and central-limit theorem, tests of hypothesis, linear regression and design experiments.
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces meteorological phenomena and principles, including descriptive weather elements, general atmospheric circulation, air-sea interaction and the physical mechanisms that create atmospheric motions, mixing and transfer of momentum, mass and heat.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6-7
  • Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15-18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes a systematic examination of seawater and its constituent parts; problems associated with ocean chemistry; interaction of chemical parameters with other ocean studies; and an evaluation of the ocean as an environment.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide practical experience in the use of equipment and methods for measuring common chemical parameters in marine and environmental chemistry.
  • OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies water structure and circulation of the world ocean and local areas by simple dynamical and descriptive models; and tides, wave motion and coastal processes.
  • OCN 3411 Physical Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide experience in the use of equipment and methods in physical oceanography.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 4-7
Spring (15-17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • OCN 3101 Biological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes relationships of biological, chemical, geological and physical aspects of the oceans to biological oceanography. Instructor advisement suggested;  lab may not be required as corequisite.
  • OCN 3111 Biological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Students receive field and lab experience in the use of equipment and methods in biological oceanography studies.
  • OCN 3301 Geological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces geological oceanography; origin and evolution of ocean basins. Includes a survey of major neritic and oceanic sediment patterns and the processes that control their distribution over time and space; and paleoceanography.
  • OCN 3311 Geological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Field and lab exercises provide experience in the use of equipment and methods relevant to geologic investigations of the ocean.
  • OCN 3911 Marine Field Projects: Proposal
    Credit Hours: 1
    Preparations are made for the summer research program (Marine Field Projects). Students are guided through the process of selecting, designing and proposing research projects to be carried out during the summer marine field project.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6-8
Summer (6 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • OCN 4911 Marine Field Projects 1
    **
    Credit Hours: 1
    In-depth field/lab study of important facets of the Indian River Lagoon and/or nearshore waters. Student teams are specifically configured to accomplish the desired objectives. Oceanographic data are collected by using standard instrumentation and devices.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing in oceanography
  • OCN 4912 Marine Field Projects 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    In-depth field/lab study of important facets of the Indian River Lagoon and/or nearshore waters. Student teams are specifically configured to accomplish the desired objectives. Oceanographic data are collected by using standard instrumentation and devices.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing in oceanography
  • OCN 4913 Marine Field Projects 3
    ***
    Credit Hours: 3
    In-depth field/lab study of important facets of the Indian River Lagoon and/or nearshore waters. Student teams are specifically configured to accomplish the desired objectives. Oceanographic data are collected by using standard instrumentation and devices.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing in oceanography
Senior Year
Fall (15-16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • OCN 4704 Remote Sensing for Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Interaction of radiation with water environments; radiative processes in the atmosphere; spectral characteristics of plankton, sediments, land and water; applications to sea surface temperature, heat flux, color, dynamic topography, surface winds and weather prediction; instrumentation and computer-assisted image analysis.
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6-7
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (OCN/ENS) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (12-15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution
    Credit Hours: 3
    A holistic approach to the study of pollution. Defines and discusses pollutants, quantities, sources and their impacts. Considers past and present waste disposal techniques and proposed alternatives.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or prerequisite course
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 3-6
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 133

*or Social Science Elective.
**CZM students may take a free elective.
***CZM students may take OCN 4996 (Internship) or a Technical Elective.

Concentration Courses (28 credit hours)
Biological Oceanography
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs on the origins and adaptive radiation of the kingdom Metazoa, including comparative structure and function of living and extinct animal phyla, evolution of organ system, and comparative physiology and ecology.
  • BIO 4710 Marine Biology
    Credit Hours: 4
    Lectures and labs on the nature of life in the ocean and in coastal environments. Reviews taxonomic diversity, ecological roles and adaptations of the five kingdoms. Includes physiological mechanisms, locomotion and migrations, defenses against predation, sensory reception, productivity, feeding, reproduction and symbiosis.
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current activities in mitigation and restoration of coastal systems. Integrates lectures, guest speakers and field trips in a case-study format to demonstrate the process of restoration planning. Students develop a mitigation plan for a hypothetical development project.
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 7
Chemical Oceanography
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.
  • CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Students conduct experiments in quantitative analytical techniques.
  • OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the factors affecting the corrosion with regards to electrode potentials, polarization and passivity. Students learn designing to minimize the deleterious effects on metals, concrete and woods.
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 10
Coastal Zone Management
  • BIO 1500 Introduction to Aquaculture
    Credit Hours: 1
    Introduces the basic concepts of aquaculture including examination of algal, invertebrate and fish systems. Includes several field trips to local aquaculture operations.
  • BIO 4620 Fish Aquaculture and Management
    Credit Hours: 4
    Surveys in depth the culture methods of freshwater and saltwater fish species including an introduction to the theory and techniques necessary for managing wild fisheries stocks. Labs focus on fish culturing methodology and analysis of wild fish populations. Includes several field studies.
  • BUS 2211 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the financial accounting environment, financial statements, the accounting cycle, and the theoretical framework of accounting measurement, emphasizing mechanics, measurement theory and the economic environment.
  • BUS 3501 Management Principles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Helps students acquire management knowledge and develop management skills. Enables the student to understand management as it relates to both the employer and employee, and acquaints the student with the various schools of management and the philosophy of management.
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Concepts and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Presents case studies from environmental and geoscience applications.
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes environmental legislation and the impacts and implications of these regulations on society. Emphasizes environmental impact analysis and environmental impact statement preparation methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current activities in mitigation and restoration of coastal systems. Integrates lectures, guest speakers and field trips in a case-study format to demonstrate the process of restoration planning. Students develop a mitigation plan for a hypothetical development project.
  • Restricted Electives (Science, Engineering, Business) Credit Hours: 5
  • Technical ElectiveCredit Hours: 3
Marine Environmental Science
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • ENS 4600 Radiation and Environmental Protection
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the sources and mechanisms that create environmental radiation hazards and methods for detection and measurement of radiation and a study of the biological effects of radiation. Develops methods of protection and decontamination.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes environmental legislation and the impacts and implications of these regulations on society. Emphasizes environmental impact analysis and environmental impact statement preparation methods.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval or senior standing
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces current activities in mitigation and restoration of coastal systems. Integrates lectures, guest speakers and field trips in a case-study format to demonstrate the process of restoration planning. Students develop a mitigation plan for a hypothetical development project.
  • Restricted Elective (OCN/ENS) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 12
Physical Oceanography
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes heat, wave and Laplace equations, initial and boundary value problems of mathematical physics and Fourier series. Also covers Dirichlet problem and potential theory, Dalambert's solutions for wave equation, Fourier and Laplace transforms, and Poisson integral formula. Also includes PDEs in higher dimensions and special functions of mathematical physics.
  • OCE 3521 Hydromechanics and Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces hydromechanics and linear wave theory. Includes derivation of basic equations for time-dependent flows, development and solutions of the linear boundary value problems for water waves and engineering application results.
  • OCE 3522 Water Wave Lab
    Credit Hours: 1
    Students make measurements of fluid kinematic and dynamic properties of water waves and compare results to linear wave theory. Includes experiments conducted in lab wave channels and the local coastal ocean.
  • OCN 3430 Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluids
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the basic properties of Earth's fluids; statics and kinematics; integral expressions for the conservation of mass, momentum, angular momentum and energy; dynamic similitude, dimensional analysis and boundary-layer principles; applications to meteorology, oceanography and geophysics.
  • OCN 3433 Geophysical Fluids Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments in fundamental and applied fluid mechanics. Includes viscosimetry, stability of flows, vorticity, gravity waves and Reynolds stresses; physical models in meteorology, oceanography and other geophysical fluid flows.
  • OCN 4405 General Dynamic Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 3
    Currents and current systems in the world oceans based on the principles of fluid dynamics; geostrophy, the role of friction and inertia; vortex theory and the conservation theorems in circulation theory; and dimensional analysis. Gives treatments of surface waves and certain meteorological phenomena.
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 6