The At-Sea Voyager

Kevin JohnsonDr. Kevin Johnson teaches a wide range of marine and environmental courses at Florida Tech. He is an award-winning professor and has worked at seven marine field laboratories, along with several months of at-sea experience.

Learn more about Dr. Johnson in his Florida Tech Faculty Profile

The Marine Whiz

Geoffrey SwainDr. Geoffrey Swain is experienced in oceanography and marine biology materials engineering. He frequently consults fundamentals of offshore engineering with industry, state and federal agencies in the fields of corrosion and biofouling control.

Learn more about Dr. Swain in his Florida Tech Faculty Profile.

Choose Florida Tech for Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

The Florida Tech oceanography program is the only oceanography program in the country that is integrated with ocean engineering, environmental science and meteorology programs, making it unique to all other oceanography colleges. Students in the oceanography program study and apply biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, physics and math toward a better understanding of marine ecosystem dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, sea floor geology and more.

Small Classes – Collaborative Learning Environment

Oceanography students can expect small classes and the opportunity to work with faculty addressing a variety of environmental challenges (such as beach erosion, air pollution and the preservation of endangered species). The program's reputation as one of the leading oceanography colleges and its proximity to a variety of scientific agencies and marine ecosystems means you can also expect to build valuable field experience off campus.
Unlike other oceanography colleges, Florida Tech students enjoy small classes. They also benefit from working closely with multi-disciplinary faculty, students and staff from these disciplines. The department also has an outstanding reputation among employers, many of whom are alumni.
Students Learn From Those Preserving, Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources

The Department of Marine and Environmental Systems has an integrated collaboration of faculty members from environmental science, oceanography, meteorology and ocean engineering – another way we're different from other oceanography colleges. Florida Tech's professors have a keen interest in preserving, protecting and enhancing natural resources, staying active in research and sharing their current knowledge and experiences in their classrooms.

Their research areas include:

  • Offshore oil spills
  • Antarctic oil drilling
  • Water and air quality
  • Sea-level rise
  • Drinking water resources in Florida
  • Managing environmental resources

High-Tech Research Laboratories

If research facilities are what you're looking for, Florida Tech boasts some of the finest facilities you'll find in oceanography colleges! Many students build experience by volunteering in faculty research labs or conducting experiments, field sample studies and computer simulations with faculty guidance.

  • Florida Tech has marine laboratories and field research sites on the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean.
  • The Ralph S. Evinrude Marine Operations Center houses a fleet of small watercraft, which is available for class work and research and provides direct access to the Indian River Lagoon.
  • The Marine Geology and Geophysics Laboratory provide facilities for core boring and sediment analysis, beach and hydrographic surveying, and oceanographic instrumentation for coastal research activities.
  • The Underwater Technologies Laboratory has a 500-square-foot electronic workshop with all of the systems necessary to design and maintain autonomous underwater vehicles.
  • In the Surf Mechanics Laboratory, students have access to two wave tanks for theoretical and experimental water wave measurement.

When looking at oceanography colleges, consider that Florida Tech maintains close working relationships with organizations like Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, HUBBS Sea World Research Institute, Caribbean Marine Research Center and more.

Miles of Atlantic Ocean Beaches for Research and Play!

In terms of location, other oceanography colleges can't beat Florida Tech's coastal position in central Florida. Oceanography students benefit greatly from a campus on the Space Coast that provides 72 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches and proximity to the Indian River Lagoon -- the most diverse estuary in North America. The area's subtropical climate provides ideal conditions for field study and non-academic outdoor activities, such as swimming, surfing and fishing. Florida Tech is a short drive from Sebastian Inlet, Kennedy Space Center, Orlando attractions and many entertainment activities right in Melbourne. As oceanography colleges go, Florida Tech is a great choice.