The Oceanography course opened its first class in 2000 under the name of Sea Sciences. Since then, it has been attracting the attention of many people willing to win one of the 40 vacancies offered and spend most of the year studying in the small coastal town from Pontal do Paraná. The sun, the sea, the contact with nature and the prosaic fishing villages of the region are some of the attractions for this graduation. Soon, however, the student becomes aware of the importance of the course and its role in society. Oceanography is a multidisciplinary science with a focus on the marine environment. The course focuses on research and management of marine resources. The fishing activity and the forms of interaction between man and nature are also objects of study for undergraduate students. Thus, the objective is to train professionals trained to analyze the structure and dynamics of coastal and oceanic systems, as well as to manage human activities in coastal regions.
In 2015 the curricular structure of the Oceanography course was reformulated (Full Curriculum 2016), comprising a Mandatory General Training Nucleus (2718 hours), a Mandatory Emphasis Nucleus (Minimum Hours of 360 hours), a Nucleus Compulsory Research (Supervised Internship and TCC, with a 186-hour workload) and a Complementary Nucleus (optional subjects, with a 144-hour minimum workload). In addition, the curriculum provides for 180 hours of Training Activities.
The subjects are taught full time, with a workload of 36 to 150 hours, distributed in standard theoretical activities, laboratory practices, field practices, guided activities and specific practices (shipments). In the first year of the course, the so-called pedagogical reinforcement subjects are taught: Introductions to Biological, Chemical, Physical, Geological and Socio-Environmental Oceanography, which allow students to obtain an overview of all areas of oceanography. Research Workshop subjects (from I to IV) are taught every year, in which each student must perform regular and systematic research and extension activities, with a lot of reading practice and work guided by teachers. In order to obtain the title of Oceanographer, the student must develop, in addition to fulfilling the credits in optional subjects, a Course Conclusion Work (TCC), which can be a research or extension work to be presented and defended in the form of a monograph, scientific article or environmental management plan / coastal resource management. The student's profile includes a taste for outdoor and environment-related activities, a taste for Exact, Biological and Human Sciences, in addition to the ability and autonomy of study, as the student studies the characteristics of the sea and the impact of human activities about it. It is also necessary to be communicative, as the professional usually needs to interact inside and outside his work group.
The Oceanography professional will be able to work in teaching and in specific areas, such as oceanographic research, management of coastal environments, environmental consulting, fishing and mariculture. Both private and state-owned companies increasingly need professionals with multidisciplinary training like this. In addition, the professional can act with planning, monitoring and environmental management, whether in the role of manager or analyst