Program Requirements

The applicable requirements will be those in effect during that academic year when the student first registered in the Program, unless stated otherwise in Handbook or by the Program Director. 

All RSMAS courses are listed on the GSO website. All courses taken by students should be approved by their advisors. Students are recommended to consult with their advisors and the OCE Program Director regarding their choices of courses. Deviations from the requirements must be approved by the advisor and the OCE Academic Committee.

OCE students follow one of four academic tracks: Ocean DynamicsAir-Sea Interaction and Remote SensingMarine Biogeochemistry, or Biophysical Interactions

Ocean Dynamics Track

The OCE M.S. degree requires 30 total credits. 1
Core Courses6
Choose 2 courses from the following:
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Physical Oceanography
Mathematical Methods in Marine Physics
Ocean Dynamics Track6
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics I
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics II
Electives 212
Thesis Research 6
Master's Thesis
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
Comprehensive Examination 3
OCE Seminar 4
Total Credit Hours30

Air-Sea Interaction and Remote Sensing Track

The OCE M.S. degree requires 30 total credits. 1
Core Courses6
Choose 2 courses from the following:
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Physical Oceanography
Mathematical Methods in Marine Physics
Air-Sea Interaction and Remote Sensing Track6
Fluid Mechanics
Wave Propagation in the Ocean Environment
Electives 212
Thesis Research 6
Master's Thesis
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
Comprehensive Examination 3
OCE Seminar 4
Total Credit Hours30

Marine Biogeochemistry Track

The OCE M.S. degree requires 30 total credits. 1
Core Courses6
Choose 2 courses from the following:
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Physical Oceanography
Mathematical Methods in Marine Physics
Marine Biogeochemistry Track9
Biological Oceanography
Chemical Oceanography
Marine Organic Geochemistry
Marine Microbial Dynamics
Electives 29
Thesis Research 6
Master's Thesis
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
Comprehensive Examination 3
OCE Seminar 3
Total Credit Hours30

Biophysical Interactions Track

The OCE M.S. degree requires 30 total credits. 1
Core Courses6
Choose 2 courses from the following:
Ocean Biogeochemistry
Physical Oceanography
Mathematical Methods in Marine Physics
Biophysical Interactions Track6
Biological Oceanography
OCE 6XX - Math for Biophysical Interactions
Electives 212
Thesis Research 6
Master's Thesis
Additional Requirements
Research Ethics
Comprehensive Examination 3
OCE Seminar 4
Total Credit Hours30