Major in Ocean Sciences

Students wishing to take this program are encouraged to carefully consult Section 6.4 of the Calendar dealing with Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science.

The Major in Ocean Sciences consists of core courses that provide a broad appreciation of the multidisciplinary nature of ocean study, and additional courses in various Science subjects. Students can pursue the general Major in Ocean Sciences, or a disciplinary stream that provides focus for the degree program. More information on specialization, including recommended courses and time tables, can be found in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies in Ocean Sciences on the Department website.

Entrance Requirements
Admission to the Ocean Sciences Major Programs is based on academic standing. To be considered for admission to the program, students must normally have completed 30 credit hours with an overall average of at least 65%. The following courses must normally have been completed:

  • English 1090 and 1110 (or equivalent);
  • Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent);
  • Physics 1020 (or Physics 1050);
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010 and 1011) (or 1200 and 1001);
  • Biology 1001 and 1002;
  • Earth Sciences 1000;
  • Ocean Sciences 1000 with a minimum grade of 65%.

Students who wish to enroll in any of these programs should plan well in advance so that they have the appropriate prerequisites. Entry to required courses may be limited and determined by academic performance. Students are advised to consult with the Department at the earliest opportunity. Each student registered in the Major will be assigned a faculty advisor who should be consulted on academic issues, including course selection.

Bachelor of Science with Major in Ocean Sciences

  • English 1090 and 1110 (or equivalent);
  • Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent);
  • Statistics 2550 (or equivalent);
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or Physics 1050 and 1051);
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010 and 1011) (or 1200 and 1001);
  • Biology 1001 and 1002;
  • Earth Sciences 1000;
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including: a. Ocean Sciences 1000, 2000 (or Biology 3710), 2001, 2100 and 2500; b. At least one of Ocean Sciences 2200 or 2300; c. At least 9 credit hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level. Choices include but are not limited to Ocean Sciences 3000, 3002, 3620, 3640, 4000, 4100, 4122, 4601;
  • Extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the minimum requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated in Clause 3.a. of the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science. The program should include a minimum of 15 credit hours in Science courses at the 3000 and/or 4000 level.
  • Elective courses as necessary to make up the total of 120 credit hours.

Bachelor of Science with Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems)

  • English 1090 and 1110 (or equivalent);
  • Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent);
  • Statistics 2550 (or equivalent)
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or Physics 1050 and 1051);
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or Chemistry 1010 and 1011) (or 1200 and 1001);
  • Biology 1001 and 1002;
  • Geography 1050, and at least two of Geography 2102, 2195, or 2425;
  • Earth Sciences 1000, 1002, 2502;
  • At least 9 credit hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level chosen from:
  • a. Geography 3120, 3140, 3250, 3425, 3510, 3905, 3907, 4250, 4908, 4917; b. Earth Sciences 3600, 4605, 4903;
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including: a. Ocean Sciences 1000, 2000 (or Biology 3710), 2001, 2100, 2200, 2300 and 2500; b. At least 9 credit hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level. Choices include but are not limited to Ocean Sciences 3000, 3002, 3620, 3640, 4000, 4100, 4122, 4601;
  • Elective courses as necessary to make up the total of 120 credit hours.

OCSC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Contact

Ocean Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000