Academic Catalog


Bachelor of Science Ocean and Earth Science with a Major in Environmental Sciences (BS)

Richard Hale, Advisor

Students in the Ocean and Earth Science program focus on global systems that control environmental conditions on the planet. They also learn to develop solutions to complex environmental problems by working in interdisciplinary teams. All majors in the department complete courses in the basic sciences and mathematics and core courses in Earth systems science. Students majoring in Biological Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Physical Oceanography, and Geology complete a capstone field research experience. In addition, students complete a suite of specialty courses specified in each major.  A minimum grade of C or higher in all major and prerequisite courses is required for graduation.

Ocean and Earth Science with a Major in Environmental Sciences

The environmental sciences major is designed for students broadly interested in earth and ocean sciences.  Students in this major gain a solid background in basic sciences (e.g., chemistry, physics, math, and biology) while also taking courses in geology, oceanography, and atmospheric sciences.  The major is also designed to allow students the freedom to focus their upper-level coursework in a disciplinary field in ocean and earth sciences they find most compelling.  Students in this major will be prepared for a wide range of future scientific pursuits (including graduate studies in appropriate fields), as well as work (or graduate studies) that applies their skills to policy development and interpretation. Specific employment opportunities include work in local, state, and federal government agencies, environmental consulting firms, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).