Oceanography (OCE)


Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.S.

This program is offered in Durham.

The Department of Earth Sciences (ESCI) in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in oceanography that include the study of biological oceanography, chemical oceanography, marine geology and geophysics, and physical oceanography. The OCE program also supports focused research in coastal and estuarine processes.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have completed an undergraduate major related to one of the oceanography disciplines, including biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, physics, or mathematics, or an appropriate array of science and engineering courses within their major field. Applicants are expected to have completed one year each of calculus and chemistry and two semesters of physics and/or biology. It is not necessary to have had previous coursework in oceanography.

Oceanography (OCE)

OCE 898 - Directed Research

Credits: 2

Research project on a specified topic in Oceanography, guided by a faculty member. Oceanography M.S. majors only.

Grade Mode: Graduate Credit/Fail grading

OCE 899 - Master's Thesis

Credits: 1-6

Master's thesis research in Oceanography. Oceanography M.S. majors only.

Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Grade Mode: Graduate Credit/Fail grading

OCE 999 - Doctoral Research

Credits: 0

Doctoral Research in Oceanography.

Grade Mode: Graduate Credit/Fail grading

Special Fee: Yes