Bachelor's Degree Programs in Oceanography

A bachelor's degree program in oceanography combines biology, chemistry and geology into a study of the ocean as a whole. Find out common course topics, online learning options and career options related to an oceanography bachelor's degree. Schools offering Environmental Science degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Type of Courses Will I Take in an Oceanography Bachelor's Degree Program?

Oceanography bachelor's degree programs will typically focus on building a strong foundation of skills in math, physics, biology, chemistry and the humanities during your first two years in the program. Your scientific knowledge will be used in the field during the second two years of school. Courses during these final two years are centered on field studies, computer simulations and lab experiments. Bachelor's degree programs in oceanography are designed to prepare you for a scientific career or for continuing your studies in graduate school.

Most colleges and universities offering an oceanography degree are located along the coast and provide opportunities for you to work with scientists at ocean research facilities. Your core curriculum will typically consist of courses in the following:

  • Biological oceanography
  • Chemical oceanography
  • Geological oceanography
  • Physical oceanography
  • Aquaculture
  • Remote sensing
  • Marine systems
  • Deep-sea biology
  • Environmental science

What Can I Do With My Degree?

As a graduate of a bachelor's degree program in oceanography, you will have the skills needed to work in a few entry-level positions within the oceanography field. However, a master's degree is the primary educational level required for scientific research positions such as the following:

  • Marine corrosion specialist
  • Environmental impact inspector
  • Habitat restoration specialist
  • Climate monitoring specialist
  • Marine geochemist
  • Coastal zone manager
  • Oceanographer

Can I Earn This Degree Online?

Online bachelor's degree programs in oceanography are available as 100%-online programs. Typically, these programs are designed for students whose job interests only require a basic understanding of oceanography and are not intended for those students wanting a research-based career. A bachelor's degree from an online program may not be sufficient for admission to graduate school. You may need to obtain additional quantitative courses and hands-on experiences outside the online program for admission to a graduate program.

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