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Physical Oceanography

College or University: Oregon State University, Colllege of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science

Type of degree: M.S.

Brief overview of program: Oceanic circulation and the interactions between the ocean, the atmosphere, and solid Earth influence the Earth’s climate and directly affect people. COAS physical oceanographic researchers develop and use in-situ and remote-sensing instruments to better understand ocean dynamics and thermodynamics. Observations and models are used to investigate the interaction between air and sea, physical oceanography and ocean biology, and chemistry and geology. Faculty study coastal-ocean processes, small-scale ocean physics and mixing, remote sensing and upper-ocean circulation, air–sea interaction, and ocean modeling and prediction. Major contributions are made in the fields of ocean optics, turbulence, coastal and mesoscale dynamics, polar processes, and open-ocean observations and theory. Applicants to the Physical Oceanography program should have an undergraduate degree in physics, mathematics, or engineering, or a related field with a strong background in mathematics.

Website: Click here for program website

Tuition (2007):In State: 9138, Out of State: 14034

Number of students enrolled in 2007: 6

Where do most of the students go upon graduating or leaving the program?
Continue Education: 5% | Enter Workforce: 90% | Do not know: 5%

For the students that enter the workforce, what are the most common occupations that they pursue with this degree or certificate? M.S. graduates either pursue advanced degrees within COAS or other institutions, become Faculty Research Assistants, or enter into the environmental consulting field.

Program of Study:

Description of Facilities: COAS operates numerous state-of-the art laboratories and two oceanographic research vessels. These facilities include general-purpose and specialized facilities and laboratories for chemical and biological analyses. The vessels operate out of the port facility at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport, Oregon. Physical Oceanography Facilities Coastal Ocean Radar System Moored Instruments Ocean Mixing Laboratory Optical Properties Laboratory

Student Support: Students are generally funded on a Graduate Research Assistantship which provides monthly stipend, tuition remission and graduate insurance.

Program Point of Contact: Jack Barth


Department: College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Science

Institution address: 104 COAS Admin Oregon State University
                             Corvallis,OR 97331

Phone: 541-737-1340


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