Oceanography applies an eclectic mix of natural sciences to the study of the world’s oceans. Physics, chemistry, biology, geology, geography, meteorology and even astronomy contribute to understanding the composition, structure and motion of seawater, and its interaction with the lithosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
Although a few four-year institutions offer undergraduate degrees in oceanography, students who pursue oceanographic studies typically complete undergraduate degrees in one or more of the aforementioned natural sciences, then later apply that knowledge to graduate study in oceanography. The associate degree in oceanography outlined below provides beginning lecture, lab and field courses in oceanography, plus a solid foundation of math and appropriate science courses upon which transferring students can build baccalaureate degrees that are later applied in graduate oceanographic studies.
Marine Geologist / Geophysicist1
Marine Policy Specialist1
Ocean Fisheries Specialist1
Ocean Resource Management1
Bachelor’s degree or higher required.
The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program.
- Students will find, use and evaluate resources for oceanographic information.
Associate Degree Major Requirements
|CHEM-141||General Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM-142||General Chemistry II||5|
|MATH-180||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I||5|
|OCEA-112||Introduction to Oceanography||3|
|Select two of the following:||8-10|
|Principles of Biology|
|Analytic Geometry and Calculus II|
|Mechanics and Waves|
|Electricity, Magnetism, and Heat|
|Select six units from the following:||6|
|Mammals of the Sea|
|Introduction to Geographic Information Science|
|Physical Geography: Earth Systems|
|Meteorology: Weather and Climate|
|Geologic Field Studies: Southern California Mountain Areas|
|Geologic Field Studies: Mojave Desert and Adjacent Areas|
|Geologic Field Studies: Southern California Coastal Areas|
|Geologic Field Studies: Colorado Desert/Salton Trough Area|
|Field Exploration: Colorado Plateau|
|Field Exploration: Cascade Range/Modoc Plateau|
|Field Exploration: Basin and Range Province|
|Field Exploration: California Coastal Mountains|
|Field Exploration: Sierra Nevada|
|Geology of California|
|Geology of the National Parks|
|Field Study of the Natural History of the Greater San Diego Region|
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements