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The physical oceanography concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students considering employment or graduate work in the field of physical oceanography. Physical oceanography is the study of physical conditions and physical processes in the ocean, especially the transport and physical properties of ocean waters (particularly heat and salt).
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
The program provides students with the necessary background for graduate work in oceanography, marine science, applied math and environmental science
Small class sizes at the upper division level means student work closely with faculty in their discipline as a part of their undergraduate experience
The program is unique in the state of Virginia
Graduates from this major have gone to work at
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.
MUST TAKE LECTURE AND LAB
Interdisciplinary investigation of selected sites in Southeast Virginia that includes field sampling, sample analyses, data interpretation and integration, and group report preparation and presentations. Focuses on development of research questions and site selection, field sampling, sample analyses and interpretation. Oral presentations of results will be made by each student. Prerequisites: OEAS 306 and OEAS 310; CHEM 123N and CHEM 124N, BIOL 123N or OEAS 303; PHYS 112N or PHYS 232N; MATH 212; STAT 310; all prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of C or better.
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Physical Oceanography should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth science major, physical oceanography concentration, with the chief departmental advisor (CDA). Entering students should be prepared to take MATH 211 (Calculus I), although students with math deficiencies can take remedial math classes as needed (e.g., MATH 102M, 103M, 162M, 163 or 166, as needed; note that all of these courses will not necessarily be required before taking MATH 211; please consult the catalog or CDA for details).
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 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.
Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.
David J Burdige
439 OCEANOGRAPHY&PHYSICS BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529
1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529
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