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Physical Oceanography (Ocean & Earth Science, B.S.)

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 8 semesters
Cost In-State US$356; Out-of-State US$1,028 per credit hour

The physical oceanography concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students considering employment or graduate work in the field of physical oceanography. Physical oceanography is the study of physical conditions and physical processes in the ocean, especially the transport and physical properties of ocean waters (particularly heat and salt).

What makes Physical Oceanography at ODU unique?

  • The program provides student with the necessary training for employment with a B.S. in a wide range of federal, state, local and private venues

  • The program provides students with the necessary background for graduate work in oceanography, marine science, applied math and environmental science

  • Small class sizes at the upper division level means student work closely with faculty in their discipline as a part of their undergraduate experience

  • The program is unique in the state of Virginia


Structural components
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Marine Geology
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling