Oceanography studies the marine environment and its interactions with the earth, the biosphere, and the atmosphere. The field examines the larger picture of the marine world the global processes governing the distribution, abundances, and interactions of life, chemicals, geological formations, and motion in the seas.
Relationship with Marine Biology
Pairs well with Marine Biology for students interested in the forces that shape the marine environment: how do ocean currents, chemistry and geology shape the habitat for marine life?
Sample courses used by both programs: Hydrothermal Systems: An Interdisciplinary View, Climatic Extremes
Students can focus their studies on earth sciences through emphases on geological, physical or chemical oceanography
Required senior capstone research includes data collection at sea from the R/V Thompson