The Department of Earth Sciences offers a bachelor of science in earth sciences with a concentration in oceanography, and also offers a minor in oceanography.
The program provides students an opportunity to obtain a general background in earth sciences while taking courses in oceanography. A comprehensive understanding of the ocean environment will prepare students for graduate school or for employment opportunities in ocean-related fields such as aquaculture, fishing, tourism, environmental protection, shipping, construction, government regulation and education.
Students must satisfy the bachelor of arts degree requirements, including university general education requirements. They are required to complete eight courses in the Department of Earth Sciences, including ESCI 401 (The Dynamic Earth), ESCI 402 (Earth History) or ZOOL 503 (Introduction to Marine Biology); ESCI 501 (Introduction to Oceanography); ESCI 512 (Principles of Mineralogy), and four upper-level ocean-related courses, including two at the 700 level or above. Typically, these would be chosen from ESCI 653 (Estuaries and Coasts), ESCI 658 (Earth, Ocean, and Atmosphere Dynamics), ESCI 750 (Biological Oceanography), ESCI 752 (Chemical Oceanography), ESCI 758 (Physical Oceanography), and ESCI 759 (Geological Oceanography). Math requirements are Calculus I and II.
The minor is available to all undergraduates in the university interested in obtaining a broad background in oceanography.
The minor in oceanography is available to all students in the University interested in obtaining a broad background in oceanography and is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. The minor consists of a minimum of five courses with grades of C (2.0) or better and no pass/fail courses. No more than 8 major requirement credits may be used. All courses in the program are selected in consultation with the oceanography minor adviser, James Pringle, email@example.com. Students should contact him to complete an Intent to Minor form no later than their junior year. Forms can be picked up in the Earth Sciences departmental office, 214 James Hall.
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