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This combined program enables motivated students to efficiently complete both the Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and the Master of Geoscience degrees in five years. This program allows you to enter the Master of Geoscience program at the start of your senior year.

Five-Year Program: Bachelor of Science in Oceanography + Master of Geoscience Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Oceanography

Study the oceans and the processes that affect them with an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Oceanography.

You will develop the skills to retrieve, evaluate and analyze large oceanographic datasets, such as those generated from long term oceanographic studies and observing systems. This program also emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The Bachelor of Science in Oceanography has four themes:

  • Ocean Observing Science and Technology (OOST)
  • Ocean Climate (OC)
  • Marine Ecosystems Processes (MEP)
  • Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry (MCG)

All four themes share common requirements but allow for specialization depending on a student's interest.

Master of Geoscience

The Master of Geoscience is a non-thesis degree. It provides students opportunities to study a broad range of environmental, energy and geoscience topics.

The graduate portion of this five-year program includes some online (distance education) courses. It will prepare you to drive innovation and apply modern technologies to careers in nonprofit, government or business sectors.

Students admitted to this program are housed in a home department (e.g. the oceanography department), but may receive advising from across the college. All documents submitted to the Graduate and Professional School must be signed by the student’s department head in their designated home department.

Applying to the Program

You will need to submit your application to the combined program by June 15 after the completion of your junior year. Applications submitted after that time will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The graduate director of the Department of Oceanography will serve as your faculty advisor. You may seek additional mentors, but a formal committee is not required.

You will receive both your bachelor's and master's degrees after you complete 150 credit hours and satisfy all master's requirements, including completing your final project and final exam.

If you are not admitted or wish to discontinue the graduate portion of the five-year program, you will earn your Backelor of Science in Oceanography after successfully completing 120 hours of coursework.