Oceanography Minor

Degree: Minor

Explore the physical aspects of ocean currents, tides and the intimate relationship between the ocean and atmosphere with Millersville University's Oceanography minor.

Why Study This Program?

A minor in Oceanography examines the physical aspects of ocean currents, tides and the intimate relationship between the ocean and atmosphere, with significant emphasis on the ocean’s role in climate change. Offering a comprehensive classroom instruction and field training in the physical, chemical, geological and biological aspects of oceanography, students acquire a rigorous education in the fundamental theories, but also experience practical field and laboratory applications currently used by working oceanographers.

The Oceanography minor is housed within the Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies (OSCS) department. Oceanography is a popular minor choice for other science majors. 

What Will You Learn?

Students should expect to take a total of 18 credits within this minor in courses such as Introduction to Oceanography, Marine Geology, Chemical, Physical and Biological Oceanography and more.

Millersville University facilities include a 20-foot wave tank; a rotating tank in collaboration with MIT; Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) profilers with oxygen, fluorescence, backscatter and light sensors; an acoustic current meter; a meteorological station with shortwave, longwave and temperature sensors; and a number of other oceanographic laboratory and field instruments.

Millersville University is a founding, senior member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS). Located on the beautiful Virginia coast, the CBFS boasts direct boat access to the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent waters of Chincoteague and Assateague islands. The OSCS program includes weekend and summer study and research at the CBFS, providing Millersville University students with valuable hands-on experience with modern research tools and techniques.