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Faculty of Science (2017/2018)
10.9 Ocean Sciences

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The Department of Ocean Sciences is the newest Department within the Faculty of Science. It was created in 2012, from the transition of the Ocean Sciences Centre, a research unit and facility that was first opened in 1967. The Department's mandate as an interdisciplinary unit is to focus on increasing our understanding of biological and chemical processes within the oceans, and how they relate to aquaculture and other applied marine fields.

The Department offers graduate programs in Marine Biology outlined under School of Graduate Studies.

The Department offers the following undergraduate programs:

  1. Minor in Oceanography

  2. Minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology

  3. Major in Ocean Sciences

  4. Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems)

  5. Joint Major in Marine Biology

Details of the Joint Major in Marine Biology can be found under Joint Majors.

Ocean Sciences course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Science section under Course Descriptions, Ocean Sciences.

10.9.1 Minor in Oceanography

Students who take a Minor In Oceanography will complete 24 credit hours as follows:

  1. Ocean Sciences 1000, 2100, 2200, 2300;

  2. Ocean Sciences 2000 or Biology 3710;

  3. Earth Sciences 1000; and

  4. the remaining 6 credit hours should be selected from Biology 3014, 3709, 3711, 3712, 3714, 3715, 4122, 4601, 4710, 4750, 4810, Chemistry 2100, 3110, 4151, 4156, Earth Sciences 4302, Geography 3120, 3510, 4190, 4300, Environmental Science 3072, 3210, 3211, 4230, Ocean Sciences 2001, 3000, 3002, 3620, 4000, 4122, 4601, and Physics and Physical Oceanography 3300, 3340, 4300, 4340.

Course prerequisites stipulated In the Course Descriptions section shall apply to the Minor In Oceanography.

10.9.2 Minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology

Students who take a minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology will complete 24 credit hours as follows:

  1. Ocean Sciences 1000, 2001, 3000, 3002;

  2. Biology 4750 or Geography 4300;

  3. one of Ocean Sciences 2000 (or Biology 3710), 3620, 3640, 4000, 4100, 4122, 4601;

  4. one of Biology 2122, 3401, 3640, 3715, 4251, 4605; and

  5. one of Biochemistry 2600, 3107, 3402, 4002, 4101, 4104, 4105, 4200, 4201.

Course prerequisites stipulated in the Course Descriptions shall apply to the Minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology.

10.9.3 Major in Ocean Sciences and Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems)

The Major in Ocean Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that provides a solid foundation in ocean studies, including the basic principles of its main sub-disciplines (physical, chemical, geological, and biological oceanography).

The Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems) is a stream of the major that provides a geological/geographical context to biological and chemical phenomena in ocean sciences, and covers such key ocean-related topics as climate change and natural hazards.

Students wishing to take one of these major programs are encouraged to carefully consult the Degree Regulations, Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.

More information, including on how to declare a Major in Ocean Sciences, the recommended courses and time tables, can be found in the Handbook of Undergraduate Studies in Ocean Sciences at www.mun.ca/osc/undergrad/Ocean_Sciences_Handbook.pdf.

10.9.3.1 Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems)

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

  1. Biology 1001 and 1002;

  2. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010 and 1011) or (1200 and 1001);

  3. Earth Sciences 1000;

  4. English 1090 and 1110 (or equivalent);

  5. Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent);

  6. Ocean Sciences 1000 with a minimum grade of 65%; and

  7. Physics 1020 or Physics 1050.

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 to prepare adequately for program admission. Each student registered in the Major will be assigned a faculty advisor who should be consulted on academic issues, including course selection.

10.9.3.2 Program Regulations for the Bachelor of Science with Major in Ocean Sciences

Students must successfully complete:

  1. the 30 specified credit hours required under Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems);

  2. Statistics 2550 (or equivalent);

  3. Physics 1021 or Physics 1051;

  4. a minimum of 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including:

    1. Ocean Sciences 2000 (or Biology 3710), 2001, 2100 and 2500. Ocean Sciences 1000, completed under Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems), will count as 3 of the required 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences;

    2. at least one of Ocean Sciences 2200 or 2300; and

    3. 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;

  5. extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the minimum requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated in Clause 3.a. of the Degree Regulations, 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; and

  6. elective courses as necessary to make up the total of 120 credit hours.

10.9.3.3 Program Regulations for the Bachelor of Science with Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems)

Students must successfully complete:

  1. the 30 credit hours required under Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems);

  2. Statistics 2550 (or equivalent);

  3. Physics 1021 or Physics 1051;

  4. Geography 1050, and at least two of Geography 2102, 2195, or 2425;

  5. Earth Sciences 1002, 2502;

  6. at least 9 credit hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level chosen from:

    1. Geography 3120, 3140, 3250, 3425, 3510, 3905, the former 3907, 4250, 4908, 4917; and

    2. Earth Sciences 3600, 4605, 4903.

  7. a minimum of 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including:

    1. Ocean Sciences 2000 (or Biology 3710), 2001, 2100 and 2500. Ocean Sciences 1000, completed under Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems), will count as 3 of the required 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences;

    2. 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; and

  8. elective courses as necessary to make up the total of 120 credit hours.