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Oceanography Major

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 4 semesters
Cost $4,500 per year

Introduction to Oceanography and Department

Oceanography is the study of exploring the environment and resources of the Earth on which we live by approaching the sea itself, the natural phenomena occurring at the bottom, the coast, and the atmosphere that touch the sea in a holistic concept. Modern oceanography began after World War II, but has contributed to the scientific revolution, including plate tectonics and the discovery of hydrothermal organisms that survive without sunlight. Currently, it is developing into a multidimensional study of marine science based on cooperation with various academic fields. We still don't know what creatures live on, and the topography of the seabed is less known than Mars. Also, the supply of oxygen and the ability to regulate the climate, which are essential for our lives, are not yet fully understood. Our department now has a development goal to invest heavily in polar oceanography and become a pivotal organization for research in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Educational Purpose and Educational Goals of the Department of Oceanography

The purpose of education in the Department of Oceanography is to cultivate experts who will lead Korea as a maritime rich country based on the educational goal of the College of Natural Sciences, which leads the creation of new knowledge.

The specific educational goals for achieving these educational goals are as follows.

  1. Develop the ability to explore the ocean, a treasure house of future resources.
  2. It is equipped with creative approach and problem-solving ability to global environmental problems that threaten the future of mankind.
  3. To use the sea wisely, it has the ability to acquire and think about a converged academic system.
  4. By balancing theoretical learning with field practice and experimentation, students develop practical skills required by society.

Areas of specialization and study

Oceanography is a purely scientific study of phenomena related to the ocean, and is divided into four major areas: physical oceanography, chemical oceanography, geological oceanography, and biooceanography, depending on the academic approach to the ocean. Physical Oceanography is a core field of oceanography that studies physical phenomena occurring in the ocean, such as water energy, momentum and material transport, or waves, ocean currents, and tides. And experiments, seawater circulation theory, etc. Biological Oceanography is a field that studies the life phenomena of a wide variety of creatures living in the ocean. In the field of biomarine science, lectures such as biomarine science and experiment, marine ecology, plankton biology, swimming zoology, benthic biology, and marine resource science are offered. To utilize. Chemical Oceanography is an academic field that studies cyclic processes from the ocean or the environment adjacent to the ocean to the formation of substances and the disappearance of changes. Courses offered include seawater analysis, marine environmental science, and ocean pollution theory. Geological Oeanography is not just an approach to the ocean as a fluid, but a sea field that contains sea water as an extension of the land, and is an academic field that examines and studies the geological phenomenon of these seabeds. Major lectures include ocean sedimentology, ocean microbiology, ocean stratigraphy, archaeology, and ocean geophysics.

Structural components
International component
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work
Research Project

ISCED Categories

Ocean Literacy
Conservation and environmental management
Physical and chemical oceanography
Scientific modelling