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Study Oceanography at Otago

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Overview

Nothing on this planet connects local, national and global issues as much as the ocean. Oceanography at Otago includes study in marine physics, chemistry and geology. It develops from large-scale global systems such as ocean circulation in first year to topical local issues such as dredging Otago Harbour in third year.

Our students develop a keen appreciation for the wonders and importance of the sea, alongside a strong commitment to mathematical modelling and complex problem-solving. Graduates with our Oceanography degree got on to study and work in oceanography in New Zealand and abroad.

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Contact details

Department of Marine Science

Email marine-science@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/marinescience

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Qualifications

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Papers

See the full list of Oceanography (OCEN) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Oceanography

Level Papers Points
100-level

MARI 112  Global Marine Systems

Three 100-level BIOL, CELS, CHEM, COMO, EAOS, ECOL, GEOL, MATH, PHIL or PHSI papers

18

54

200-level

OCEN 201  Physical Oceanography

Three of AQFI 251, BTNY 203, CHEM 201, CHEM 204, COMO 204, ECOL 211, GEOG 298, GEOL 263, GEOL 272, GEOL 273, MARI 202, MATH 202, MATH 203PHIL 225, PHSI 243, ZOOL 221

18

54

300-level

OCEN 301  Practical and Field Oceanography

One of:
OCEN 321  Ocean Physics and Modelling
OCEN 322  Biological Oceanography
OCEN 323  Marine Geology and Geophysics
CHEM 304  Environmental Chemistry

Two of AQFI 352, CHEM 304, COMO 303, GEOG 398, GEOL 363, GEOL 372, GEOL 373, MARI 301, MARI 302, MATH 304, OCEN 321, OCEN 322, OCEN 323, PHSI 336, PHSI 365, ZOOL 316, ZOOL 319

18

18

 

 
36

Plus

144 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 300-level papers when selecting 200-level papers.

144

Total   360

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Minor Subject Requirements

Oceanography as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

MARI 112  Global Marine Systems

One of:
COMO 101  Modelling and Computation
MATH 160  Mathematics 1
MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

 

18

200-level OCEN 201  Physical Oceanography

18

300-level

OCEN 301  Practical and Field Oceanography

One of:
OCEN 321  Ocean Physics and Modelling
OCEN 322  Biological Oceanography
OCEN 323  Marine Geology and Geophysics
CHEM 304  Environmental Chemistry

18

 

18

 

Note: Students should check the prerequisites for 300-level papers when selecting 200-level papers.

 
Total   90

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