Major in Ocean Sciences

The most up to date information about our programs can be found in the corresponding Calendar Section (https://www.mun.ca/regoff/calendar/sectionNo=SCI-3992).

Students wishing to take this program are encouraged to carefully consult the Regulations for the General Degree of Bacholar of Science Section of the the Calendar.

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.

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, students must normally have completed 30 credit hours with a minimum of 24 credit hours in Science, and an overall average of at least 65%. It is recommended that the following courses be completed before admission:

  • Biology 1001 and 1002;
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1200 and 1001);
  • Earth Sciences 1000;
  • Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses;
  • Mathematics 1000 (or equivalent);
  • Ocean Sciences 1000 with a minimum grade of 65%; and
  • Physics 1020 or (1050) or 3 credit hours in Ocean Sciences courses at the 2000 level.

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

Students must successfully complete:

  • 30 specified credit hours required under Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems);
  • Statistics 2550 (or equivalent);
  • Physics 1021 or 1051;
  • a minimum of 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including: 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;
  • at least one of Ocean Sciences 2200 or 2300; and
  • at least 9 credit hours in Ocean Sciences courses at the 3000 and/or 4000 level. Choices include but are not limited to Ocean Sciences 3000, 3002, 3600, 3640, 4000, 4100, 4122, 4200, 4300, 4601;
  • extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the minimum requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated under Electives of the Degree 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; andelective courses as necessary to make up the total of 120 credit hours.

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

Students must successfully complete:

  • 30 credit hours required under Admission Requirements for the Major in Ocean Sciences or the Major in Ocean Sciences (Environmental Systems);
  • Statistics 2550 (or equivalent);
  • Physics 1021 or 1051;
  • Geography 1050, and at least two of Geography 2102, 2195, or 2425;
  • Earth Sciences 1002, 2502;
  • at least 9 credit hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level chosen from: Geography 3120, 3140, 3250, 3425, 3510, 3905, the former 3907, 4250, 4908, 4917; and Earth Sciences 3600, 4605, 4903.
  • a minimum of 30 credit hours in Ocean Sciences, including: 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;
  • at least 9 credit hours in Ocean Sciences courses at the 3000 and/or 4000 level. Choices include but are not limited to Ocean Sciences 3000, 3002, 3600, 3640, 4000, 4100, 4122, 4200, 4300, 4601; and
  • elective courses as necessary to make up the total of 120 credit hours.

For more information on our OCSC courses (Descriptions and Prerequisites) please click here.

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