Oceanography Major

7080
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7080 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

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)
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    *
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 1001 The Whole Earth Course
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (18 credit hours)
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 1010 Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
Sophomore Year
Fall (14-17 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 2602 Environmental Geology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 3-6
Spring (14-15 credit hours)
  • MTH 2401 Probability and Statistics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 2407 Meteorology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6-7
  • Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx) Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (15-18 credit hours)
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3201 Marine and Environmental Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3211 Marine and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3401 Physical Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3411 Physical Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 4-7
Spring (15-17 credit hours)
  • OCN 3101 Biological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3111 Biological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3301 Geological Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3311 Geological Oceanography Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3911 Marine Field Projects: Proposal
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6-8
Summer (6 credit hours)
  • OCN 4911 Marine Field Projects 1
    **
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4912 Marine Field Projects 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4913 Marine Field Projects 3
    ***
    Credit Hours: 0
Senior Year
Fall (15-16 credit hours)
  • OCN 4704 Remote Sensing for Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Concentration Courses Credit Hours: 6-7
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (OCN/ENS) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (12-15 credit hours)
  • OCN 4204 Marine and Environmental Pollution
    Credit Hours: 0
  • 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: 0
  • BIO 3510 Invertebrate Zoology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4710 Marine Biology
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 7
Chemical Oceanography
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 4518 Protection of Marine Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 10
Coastal Zone Management
  • BIO 1500 Introduction to Aquaculture
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BIO 4620 Fish Aquaculture and Management
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 2211 Introduction to Financial Accounting
    Credit Hours: 0
  • BUS 3501 Management Principles
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4010 Geographic Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Electives (Science, Engineering, Business) Credit Hours: 5
  • Technical ElectiveCredit Hours: 3
Marine Environmental Science
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4600 Radiation and Environmental Protection
    Credit Hours: 0
  • ENS 4701 Environmental Regulation and Impact Assessment
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4106 Mitigation and Restoration of Coastal Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Restricted Elective (OCN/ENS) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 12
Physical Oceanography
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3521 Hydromechanics and Wave Theory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCE 3522 Water Wave Lab
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3430 Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluids
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 3433 Geophysical Fluids Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • OCN 4405 General Dynamic Oceanography
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 6