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Biological 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 biological oceanography concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students considering employment or graduate work in the field of biological oceanography. Biological oceanography is the study of biological processes in the oceans, i.e., marine organisms and how they are affected by the physics, chemistry, biology and geology of the oceans. Students in the biological oceanography concentration are strongly encouraged to minor in biology by taking the appropriate 300- and 400-level classes in the biology department.

What makes Biological Oceanography at ODU unique?

  • The program provides students 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 sciences, and environmental sciences

  • Small class sizes at the upper division level means students 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
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project


Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Biological Oceanography should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth science major, biological oceanography concentration, with the chief departmental advisor (CDA).

  • Entering students should be prepared to take MATH 211 (Calculus I), although students with math deficiencies can take remedial math classes as needed (e.g., MATH 102M, 103M, 162M, 163 or 166, as needed; note that all of these courses will not necessarily be required before taking MATH 211; please consult the catalog or CDA for details).

ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling