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Bachelor of Science in Oceanography



What will I learn?

The Oceanography major is composed of a rigorous sequence of courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. Laboratory and field work take advantage of Hawai‘i’s oceanic setting, and its wide variety of readily accessible marine environments, ranging from small, shallow estuaries to the deep ocean, only a few hours away. The University’s 42-foot research vessel, Kaholo, is used extensively for advanced fieldwork. Oceanography is the interdisciplinary study of the global oceans, and includes the sub-disciplines of physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography.

Completion of the Oceanography major prepares students to enter careers in the marine and aquatic sciences in the private or public sectors, including research Laboratory and government agencies. Potential career areas include: education and teaching, environmental analysis, marine policy, fisheries science and management, marine industries, and many others. Students wishing to pursue their studies at the graduate level also achieve the academic preparation to pursue a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the marine sciences.


Students majoring in oceanography will:

  1. Demonstrate a broad basic knowledge of the fundamental principles in the biological and the physical sciences.
  2. Integrate scientific principles from chemistry, physics, geology, and biology to explain processes in the marine environment.
  3. Plan and implement observational and experimental studies of marine systems and analyze the data obtained from these studies using appropriate mathematical and statistical techniques.
  4. Communicate scientific ideas effectively in written and oral formats using appropriate computer applications for data analysis and presentation.
  5. Find and evaluate published information from a variety of printed and electronic sources.
  6. Use an interdisciplinary perspective to analyze complex problems and develop relevant questions pertaining to marine systems.


  • Fisheries Science
  • General Oceanography
  • Mathematics
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Which department am I in?

College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$31,440.00 per year
USD $15,720 per semester (Fall/Spring); USD $1,310 per credit hour
Start date

9 January 2023


Hawaii Loa Campus

45-045 Kamehameha Highway,



96744, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are preferred to have a 3.0 GPA or above in high school college preparatory courses. High school courses: In preparation for undertaking academic studies at the University, it is recommended that applicants have completed at a minimum the following courses: 4 years English; 4 years History or Social Science; 3 years Mathematics; 2 years Science. Students who have taken the Advanced Placement Examinations of the College Board (AP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) should have the official results forwarded to the Office of Admission.

For international students

Students are preferred to have a high school and should include grades/scores for each subject.

English Language Score:

TOEFL (IBT): Score- 70; TOEFL (ITP): Score- 500; IELTS: Score- 6.0; Cambridge: Score- 169; PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic) – 48; ELS Centers: Level- 110; Duolingo: 95. Application Deadline for fall: 15-Jan.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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