Ocean science allows students to explore the marine environment from the shoreline to the open ocean, and the myriad ways that the oceans interact with the land and atmosphere. Ocean science is inherently interdisciplinary and students can explore the physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and geology of the oceans, enhancing their understanding of the environment and developing their critical thinking skills. This program prepares students for careers in ocean and environmental sciences. For more information about our undergraduate programs, please see the information below or contact Dr. Brian Hopkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Ocean Science major provides students with a deep, interdisciplinary understanding of the structure and function of marine systems, from global oceans to local estuarine environments, and their interactions with the earth/atmosphere system. The major will equip students with the critical thinking skills and analytical tools needed to design, carry out, and interpret scientific studies in a broad range of environmental fields.
Students majoring in Biology can now enroll in the Marine Biology Area-of-Emphasis. This program provides a strong foundation for graduate studies or employment in Marine Biology and related fields. The program is wholly contained within the Biology major – no extra coursework is required. Specific requirements can be found on the Biology program web site.
The Double Dawgs program was created to give ambitious and motivated students a competitive advantage in today’s knowledge economy. By earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years or less, students can save time and money while positioning themselves for success after graduation.
The Undergraduate Certificate Program provides a common curriculum to meet the educational needs of the next generation of environmental scientists and managers. Many of the courses provide hands-on experiences in an outdoor setting to learn about water resources.
Participate in research at UGA's renowned Marine Institute on Sapelo Island. Explore the salt marsh, conduct fisheries sampling aboard an oceanographic research vessel, see nesting sea turtles, and dive into independent research projects. These programs are open to both UGA and non-UGA students, and are ideal for students pursuing degrees in biology, ecology, chemistry, geology, fisheries, wildlife, environmental sciences, and oceanography.
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