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Undergraduate Program Information

What is ocean sciences?

The Department of Ocean Sciences is located in the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) in Logy Bay, which is approximately 15 kms from the main campus.

The OSC is a major facility for marine research on the Atlantic coast, and is one of Canada’s largest marine laboratories. By virtue of its location, the department provides Canadian and international scientists and students access to the flora and fauna of the northwest Atlantic Ocean and is uniquely situated for shorebased studies of the cold-ocean processes and subarctic, Arctic and deepsea organisms.

Education and training is one of the department’s principal mandates, and is achieved by providing a stimulating, research-intensive environment in which students can develop and thrive. The uniqueness of the department’s resources provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary training in cold ocean research, whether it is related to physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology; biological and chemical oceanography; behavioral and population ecology; or aquaculture and fisheries.

Why study ocean sciences?

Job opportunities for Ocean Sciences students include but are not limited to:

• Marine Biologists
• Oceanographer
• Aquaculturalist
• Research Assistant
• Field Technician
• Food Technician
• Laboratory Technician
• Fisheries Officer
• Environmental Consultant
• Science Teacher
• Biotechnologist
• SCUBA diver

Current Courses:

OCSC 1000 Exploration of the World Oceans

In preparation for B.Sc. minor programs in Oceanography and Aquaculture and Fisheries, the following courses are currently under development:

OCSC 2000: Introductory Biological Oceanography

OCSC 2001: Introduction to Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

OCSC 3000: Aquaculture Principles and Practices

OCSC 3002: Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology


For additional information please contact

Department of Ocean Sciences
St. John’s, NL
A1C 5S7

Danielle Nichols
(709) 864-2459