Masters in Physical Oceanography
|Major Code: 8083||Degree Awarded: Master of Science|
|Age Restriction: N||Admission Status: graduate|
|Delivery Mode/s: classroom only||Location/s: main campus|
|Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives, GRE|
John G. Windsor Jr., Ph.D.
The master of science degree can be earned in one of five options: biological, chemical, geological or physical oceanography, or coastal zone management. The successful student is well prepared for a challenging professional career or for continuing with graduate studies.
General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the
Students may be admitted during any semester, but for optimal scheduling, the fall term is recommended. Students with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation (up to 12 credit hours) may take deficiencies and courses for graduate credit concurrently. GRE General Test scores and a statement of objectives are required and should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Although not required for admission, an on-campus interview is highly recommended.
The applicant should have an undergraduate major in physics, mathematics, physical science or engineering. The background should include computer science, at least one year of chemistry, mathematics through differential equations, statistics, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics.
The Master of Science in Oceanography - Physical Oceanography is conferred on students who have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (including thesis) of required and elective coursework. The nonthesis track requires a minimum of 33 credit hours and a final program examination.
To earn the master of science degree, the student must complete the following courses or their equivalents. Equivalent coursework can be substituted for required courses as recommended by the student's advisor and program chair. Representative electives for each option are available from advisers. At least six credit hours of thesis or internship is required, and an additional three credit hours can be granted in place of the three credit hours of elective, subject to approval by the program chair. Thesis or internship registration must be continuous from the initial registration until graduation.
OCN 5101 Principles of Biological OceanographyCredit Hours: 3Includes biological aspects of the marine environment, physicochemical parameters and interrelationships between organisms and these parameters. Also discusses pollution and productivity.
OCN 5210 Marine and Environmental ChemistryCredit Hours: 3The chemical composition and important reactions along the global water cycle including rain, soil and groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and seawater. Includes weathering, redox processes, carbonate equilibria and nutrients, and lab exercises.
OCN 5301 Principles of Geological OceanographyCredit Hours: 3Introduces the origin and evolution of the ocean basins. Reviews general biological, chemical and physical processes of the coastal and open ocean, emphasizing how they contribute to marine sedimentation and stratigraphy. Includes field trips.
OCN 5401 Principles of Physical OceanographyCredit Hours: 3Introduces physical oceanography including the properties of seawater, basic concepts of fluid dynamics, heat budget, atmospheric circulation, structure and circulation of the ocean, and tidal and wave motion.
OCN 5990 Oceanography Seminar(each semester)Credit Hours: 0Presents research and review of areas of interest by staff, students and invited speakers in the field of oceanography.
- Elective Credit Hours: 3
- Option Requirements Credit Hours: 15
OCN 5403 Ocean Wave TheoryCredit Hours: 3Studies the motion of ideal fluid; damping and added mass; wave motions encountered in the ocean; surface gravity waves, internal waves and long waves in a rotating ocean; the motion of viscous fluid; the Navier-Stokes equations; boundary layer; and model testing.
OCN 5405 Dynamic OceanographyCredit Hours: 3Introduces geophysical fluid dynamics and its application to the study of ocean currents. Includes linear and nonlinear models, vorticity theory and critical discussion of classical papers on ocean circulation.
OCN 5409 Geophysical Fluid DynamicsCredit Hours: 3Advanced analytical and numerical models of ocean and atmospheric mesoscale, macroscale and global-scale flows with diagnostic and prognostic applications including coupled air/sea circulation physics.Requirement(s):Prerequisite course or instructor approval
- Thesis Credit Hours: 6