Bachelor of Science
Main Campus - Melbourne

Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

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."

Degree Requirements (all concentrations)

Freshman Year

ASC 1000 University Experience 1
BUS 1301 Basic Economics or Social Science Elective
CHM 1101 Chemistry 1 4
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course 3
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4


BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2 4
CHM 1102 Chemistry 2 4
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
OCN 1010 Oceanography 3

Sophomore Year

HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
OCN 2602 Environmental Geology 3
PHY 1001 Physics 1 4
PHY 2091 Physics Lab 1 1
   Concentration Courses 3–6


MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics 3
OCN 2407 Meteorology 3
PHY 2002 Physics 2 4
PHY 2092 Physics Lab 2 1
   Concentration Courses 6–7  
   Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx) 3

Junior Year

COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication 3
OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry 3
OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Lab 1
OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography 3
OCN 3411 Physical Oceanography Lab 1
   Concentration Courses 4–7


OCN 3101 Biological Oceanography 3
OCN 3111 Biological Oceanography Lab 1
OCN 3301 Geological Oceanography 3
OCN 3311 Geological Oceanography Lab 1
OCN 3911 Marine Field Projects: Proposal (Q) 1
   Concentration Courses 6–8


OCN 4911 Marine Field Projects 1* (Q) 1
OCN 4912 Marine Field Projects 2 (Q) 2
OCN 4913 Marine Field Projects 3** (Q) 3

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

Senior Year

OCN 4704 Remote Sensing for Oceanography 3
   Concentration Courses 6–7  
   Humanitiies Core Course*** 3
   Restricted Elective (OCN/ENS) 3


OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution 3
   Concentration Courses   3–6
   Free Elective 3
   Humanities Elective 3


Concentration Courses (28 credit hours)

Biological Oceanography CREDITS
BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1 4
BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 4710 Marine Biology 4
CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems 3
   Technical Electives 7


Chemical Oceanography CREDITS
CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1 3
CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry 1 Lab 2
CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2 3
CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry 2 Lab 2
CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1 3
CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry 1 Lab 2
OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials 3
   Technical Electives 10

Coastal Zone Management CREDITS
BIO 1500 Introduction to Aquaculture 1
BIO 4620 Fish Aquaculture and Management 4
BUS 2211 Introduction to Financial Accounting 3
BUS 3501 Management Principles 3
ENS 4010 Geographical Information Systems 3
ENS 4701 Environmental Regulations/Impact Assessment 3
OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems 3
OCN 4996 Internship or Technical Elective 3
   Restricted Electives (Science, Engineering, Business) 5

Marine Environmental Science CREDITS
BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1 4
ENS 4600 Radiation and Environmental Protection 3
ENS 4701 Environmental Regulations/Impact Assessment 3
OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems 3
   Restricted Electives (OCN/ENS) 3
   Technical Electives 12

Physical Oceanography CREDITS
MTH 2001 Calculus 3 4
MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra 4
MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications 3
OCE 3521 Hydromechanics and Wave Theory 3
OCE 3522 Water Wave Lab 1
OCN 3430 Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluids 3
OCN 3433 Geophysical Fluids Lab 1
OCN 4405 Dynamic Oceanography 3
   Technical Electives 6


***Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332 American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.