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 Ph.D. degree requires 60 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 215
Dissertation Research33
Doctoral Dissertation
Required Examinations
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
Additional Requirements
Dallas Murphy Writing Workshop or Writing Skills Course (RSM 780)
Research Ethics
OCE Seminar 5
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
Educational Training 1
Educational Training 2
Educational Training 3
Total Credit Hours60

Air-Sea Interaction and Remote Sensing Track

The OCE Ph.D. degree requires 60 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 215
Dissertation Research33
Doctoral Dissertation
Required Examinations
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
Additional Requirements
Dallas Murphy Writing Workshop or Writing Skills Course (RSM 780)
Research Ethics
OCE Seminar 5
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
Educational Training 1
Educational Training 2
Educational Training 3
Total Credit Hours60

Marine Biogeochemistry Track

The OCE Ph.D. degree requires 60 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 212
Dissertation Research33
Doctoral Dissertation
Required Examinations
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
Additional Requirements
Dallas Murphy Writing Workshop or Writing Skills Course (RSM 780)
Research Ethics
OCE Seminar 5
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
Educational Training 1
Educational Training 2
Educational Training 3
Total Credit Hours60

Biophysical Interactions Track

The OCE Ph.D. degree requires 60 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 215
Dissertation Research33
Doctoral Dissertation
Required Examinations
Comprehensive Examination 3
Qualifying Examination 4
Additional Requirements
Dallas Murphy Writing Workshop or Writing Skills Course (RSM 780)
Research Ethics
OCE Seminar 5
Educational Training Program (TA) 6
Educational Training 1
Educational Training 2
Educational Training 3
Total Credit Hours60