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Marine Science Technology (Ocean & Earth Science, B.S.)

The marine science technology concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students interested in the more practical and technical side of oceanography. Students gain practical skills in data acquisition and processing, field operations, and instrument design, assembly, operation, and maintenance. Whereas other concentrations in ocean and earth science emphasize more theoretical aspects of these fields, this concentration focuses on hands-on skills. Upon graduation, students in this concentration will be able to work closely with scientists, researchers, and engineers on wide ranging projects in the environmental science and technology fields. For example, these include potential job opportunities associated with Virginia's offshore wind resource development, which involve collecting and analyzing meteorological, oceanographic and environmental data, upgrading port and logistics facilities, and ensuring this development is compatible with other ocean uses.

Marine Science Technology (Ocean & Earth Science, B.S.)


Description


What is Marine Science at ODU like?

The marine science technology concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students interested in the more practical and technical side of oceanography. Students gain practical skills in data acquisition and processing, field operations, and instrument design, assembly, operation, and maintenance. Whereas other concentrations in ocean and earth science emphasize more theoretical aspects of these fields, this concentration focuses on hands-on skills. Upon graduation, students in this concentration will be able to work closely with scientists, researchers, and engineers on wide ranging projects in the environmental science and technology fields. For example, these include potential job opportunities associated with Virginia's offshore wind resource development, which involve collecting and analyzing meteorological, oceanographic and environmental data, upgrading port and logistics facilities, and ensuring this development is compatible with other ocean uses.

Program Highlights


What makes Marine Science at ODU unique?

  • The program is designed for students interested in the more practical and technical side of oceanography.

  • The program is unique in the state of Virginia.

  • The program provides student with the necessary training for employment with a B.S. in a wide range of federal, state, local and private venues.

  • Small class sizes at the upper division level means student work closely with faculty in their discipline as a part of their undergraduate experience.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Marine Engineers

$96,910

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, develop, and take responsibility for the installation of ship machinery and related equipment including propulsion machines and power supply systems.

Marine Architects

$96,910

MEDIAN SALARY


Design and oversee construction and repair of marine craft and floating structures such as ships, barges, tugs, dredges, submarines, torpedoes, floats, and buoys. May confer with marine engineers.

Natural Sciences Managers

$133,670

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.

Marine Engineers and Naval Architects

$96,910

MEDIAN SALARY


Design, develop, and evaluate the operation of marine vessels, ship machinery, and related equipment, such as power supply and propulsion systems.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Marine Science at ODU?

OEAS 306:
Oceanography


General survey of physical, geological, chemical and biological oceanography. The application of skills from mathematics, geology, physics, biology and chemistry for the solution of oceanographic problems. Prerequisites: MATH 211 or MATH 205, BIOL 121N or BIOL 136N and BIOL 122N or BIOL 137N, CHEM 121N-CHEM 122N, OEAS 111N, and PHYS 111N or PHYS 231N.

OEAS 310:
Global Earth Systems


Core course for ocean and earth sciences majors that examines the processes linking the Earth

OEAS 416:
Electronics and Oceanographic Instrumentation


The course will consist of brief lectures and hands-on laboratory exercises, in which students will learn to build, use, and debug electronic devices relevant to ocean and earth science applications. Topics covered will include circuit theory, power supplies and budgets, transducers and amplifiers, computerized data acquisition, instrument control, signal conditioning and resolution. Prerequisites: PHYS 232N or 112N, OEAS 306, OEAS 310, STAT 310 or STAT 330.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Marine Science at ODU?

Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth science major, marine science technology concentration, with the chief departmental advisor (CDA).  Entering students should be prepared to take MATH 205 (Calculus for Life Science), although students with math deficiencies can take remedial math classes as needed (e.g., MATH 102M, 103M, 162M, as needed; note that all of these courses will not necessarily be required before taking MATH 205; please consult the catalog or CDA for details).  Other requirements for the degree are described in the appropriate section of the ODU undergraduate catalog.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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PROFESSOR & EMINENT SCHOLAR


Name:

David J Burdige


Location:

439 OCEANOGRAPHY&PHYSICS BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4930


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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